Electric car rechargers for Chichester

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ELECTRIC car recharging points have sparked into life.

Chichester District Council will today unveil the city’s first charging points, in East Pallant car park, near East Pallant House.

There will eventually be 22 charging points in 11 places across West Sussex allowing drivers of electric cars and bikes to top up their batteries in town centres or car parks.

It comes as petrol prices soar. The cost of powering an electric car for 10,000 miles is around £200. The cost of diesel for the same journey would be more than £1,500.

Users pay an annual membership of £50 to join the Charge Your Car scheme. The fee gives drivers a CYC smart card, which wirelessly opens a security panel on the charging post. Drivers then leave their car recharging while they are parked.