Free electric car event for businesses

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BUSINESSES in the Daventry district are being invited to attend a meeting to find out more about how they can benefit from a national scheme for charging up electric cars.

Grants of up to 40 per cent are available to local organisations for the installation of eligible electric charging points for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

The Midland’s ‘Plugged-in Places’ Scheme is being run by an organisation called Cenex, who are coming to Daventry on November 17 to speak to local businesses wanting to find out more about electric vehicles and fitting charging points.

The Government is currently offering grants of up to £5,000 towards the cost of an electric car in a bid to encourage more people to use them instead of petrol and diesel vehicles.

Owners of electric cars are also free from having to pay any road tax, and to fully charge one costs around £2 for a range of 100 miles.

Councillor Daniel Cribbin, portfolio holder for environment at DDC, said: “The Plugged-in Places scheme is all about installing the electric vehicle recharging infrastructure across the UK to make plug-in vehicles an attractive choice for drivers.

“There are many advantages to running an electric car for motorists and also businesses that are looking to install charging points, so I would recommend that people attend this free meeting and see how they can benefit.”

The meeting for businesses is being held at Daventry District Council’s office in Lodge Road on Thursday, November 17, and to book a place contact Alice Ellis on 01327 871100.