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West Bridgford: Rushcliffe MP welcomes Transport Minister to see new on-street charging solution in action

Rushcliffe MP welcomes Transport Minister to West Bridgford to see new on-street charging solution in action

Are you thinking of switching to an electric vehicle but worried you don’t have a drive or garage where you can charge it?

Today, Rushcliffe MP Ruth Edwards and the Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Ben Bradley, welcomed the Transport Minister for Technology and Decarbonisation, Anthony Browne, to West Bridgford to see a solution to the problem.

With funding from the Department for Transport, Nottinghamshire County Council has been working in partnership with Kerbo Charge to install cable channels for electric car chargers across the pavement.

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Providing a simple way for people to charge their car on the street without causing a trip hazard. Residents can find out more about the pilot here: https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/transport/travel-notts/electric-vehicle-charging-in-and-around-nottinghamshire/electric-vehicle-cable-channel-evcc-pilot-programme

This comes as the Government announces new plans today, to boost the number of EV chargers in schools, through a new grant paid for by the Department for Transport. State funded schools are able to apply for up to 75% of the cost to buy and install charge points, up to a value of £2,500 per socket. Applications were already coming in when the Minister visited Rushcliffe this afternoon.

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This is the installation of the cable in West Bridgford
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The Government has been working hard to increase the number of public EV chargepoints, with 53,000 now installed across the UK. New laws also came into force last year to make sure that prices are transparently displayed and that the vast majority of chargers have contactless payment options.

Ruth Edwards said ‘As an EV user myself I know how important it is to have convenient charge points for EVs and the problems drivers face in their absence.

“It’s great to see how Nottinghamshire County Council’s on-street charging pilot is benefitting residents and to hear about the Government’s announcement today to increase the number of chargers installed in schools.

“I’ve championed the roll out of electric vehicles since I was elected, we’ll only achieve it through convenient, reliable and easily accessible charging and it’s great to see progress on this both across the country and here in Rushcliffe.”

•  New plans for residents’ on-street electric vehicle chargepoints to launch in Nottinghamshire

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