Car charging point goes live

A public charging point for electric vehicles has been installed in Daventry’s Lodge Road car park.

The charging point allows owners of electric cars to recharge their vehicle for free for up to four hours in the designated parking bay.

The £7,200 project has been funded with a grant from Cenex, which administers the Government’s Plugged in Places (PiP) scheme in the Midlands, and sponsorship from Great Central Plastics Ltd in Woodford Halse.

Councillor Daniel Cribbin, environment portfolio holder at DDC, which has organised the initiative, said: “It’s great that the new charging point has been installed, which will really help electric vehicle owners who are visiting Daventry.

“The Government are strongly encouraging the use of electric vehicles to help meet current climate reduction targets so this will hopefully encourage those people who may be considering purchasing electric cars to make that decision.

“The charge point currently serves one parking bay, but could in the future be used to serve another, and its usage will be assessed after an initial three-year period.”

Tony Phillips, managing director of Great Central Plastics Ltd, said: “As a responsible UK manufacturer committed to its green policy and reducing its carbon footprint, we were only too happy to get involved with the sponsorship of this EV charge point in Daventry.”

The recharge point is a Chargemaster single phase 32Amp/7KW with type 2 sockets and users will be require an RFID card to operate the point.

Suitable cards are available for a small fee from ‘Plugged-in-Midlands’ or ‘Chargemaster PLC’ , however a small number of cards will be available to borrow from the council’s reception during opening hours.

Full instructions on how to use the charging point are provided at the site.