More electric car charge-up points coming soon

Published Thursday 17 January 2019

Following the installation of charging points for electric cars at a car park in Market Harborough – more are set to follow across the district.

Two electric car charging points, with associated bays, were introduced at the Commons car park by Harborough District Council. Each charging point can charge up two vehicles simultaneously.

Cllr Neil Bannister with the electric charge points at the commons car park

Further electric points are now set to be installed in Orchard Road car park in Broughton Astley, Station Road car park in Lutterworth and School Road car park in Kibworth Beauchamp.

Cllr Jonathan Bateman, the council’s portfolio holder for Environment and Regulatory Services, said: “We are introducing electric charging points following requests from the public. Electric vehicles are becoming more popular as a greener way to travel and we want to respond to this by installing them in our own car parks.”

It costs just £1.40 to charge an electric vehicle for two hours – paid for via the Podpoint app which can be downloaded on mobile devices. The app also provides details of other locations of charging points across the country.  Drivers can pay to park in the electric charging point bays via the app and will be able to stay in the bays for a maximum of three hours (at a cost of £2.10).

Both charges above include the charge for the parking bay (currently £1 for two hours and £1.50 for 3 hours).

Cllr Neil Bannister (pictured), Leader of Harborough District Council, said: “Electric vehicles are better for the environment, and cheaper to run and maintain so it is not a surprise that they are increasing in popularity. We will continue to provide further electric vehicle charge points later in the year as part of the work we do to help address environmental issues in our district.”

In July 2018, the Council reported that it had introduced electric vehicle charging points at the council-owned Harborough Innovation Centre with a view to providing more across the district.