North East gets 1300 electric recharging posts

An electric vehicle charging point in use.

Despite uncertainty over government support for ultra-low carbon cars, funding has been confirmed for over 1,000 electric vehicle charging points in the North East.

The advanced network of 1,300 electric vehicle (EV) recharging posts will be installed within the next three years.

Elektromotive, Europe’s leading EV infrastructure provider, is supplying the first batch of 200 Elektrobay recharging posts during August 2010. This will be a critical element in a strategy to make the North East one of the most advanced regions in the world for sustainable transport.

The rapid installation timescales will ensure that North East England is home to the world’s largest single network of Elektrobay recharging posts by the end of 2010. The installations are being commissioned by Regional Development Agency One North East through Newcastle City Council, as part of the Plugged-In Places initiative , which is helping to establish electric vehicle recharging infrastructure in key strategic locations around the UK.

Currently more than 135 Elektrobays are installed across the UK capital. A further 165 Elektrobays operate in cities and shopping centres around Britain, including 40 that have already been installed in North East England. Elektrobay’s platform provides, for example, the option of remote billing and fast charging.

Dozens of businesses and organisations have already signed up to the Plugged-In Places scheme in the North East, and the new posts will be installed soon at locations from Berwick to Teesside, including the Angel of the North, Gateshead; Claremont Road, Newcastle; Belmont Park & Ride, Durham; Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland; Park Lane Interchange, Sunderland; Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside; Souter Lighthouse, South Tyneside; Hartlepool Transport Interchange and Teesside University, Middlesbrough.

The fund which offers North East companies and organisations match-funding for charging points remains open – effectively enabling them to buy and install charging points for half the standard cost (around £2,500 instead of around £5,000), plus connection costs. North East businesses and organisations interested in accessing match-funding and grants for charging points should contact the PIP project Manager Josey Wardle on Tel: 0191 2296693.

Conventionally situated by the roadside and in car parks, the Elektrobay is compatible with all pure electric and plug-in hybrid electric cars , and can be specifically adapted to suit the requirements of the installation site and the user.