Rapid charging points for electric vehicles to be discussed by senior councillors

02/10/2018, PR8889

​Senior Wakefield councillors are being asked to consider allocating £388,879 of funding to support a scheme to create a series of rapid charging points for electric vehicles across the district.

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​Members of the Cabinet meeting on 8 October will discuss a proposal to work with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to enable the district to be included in a county-wide scheme.

Councillors are being asked to agree for Wakefield Council to allocate £388,879 and to enter into a funding agreement with the Combined Authority, which has received £1.955m from the Government for the scheme.

The aim is to encourage more electric vehicles, especially taxis, by having more electric charging points.

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

​Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities at Wakefield Council, said: "There is growing interest in electric vehicles which are kind to the environment, they have no exhaust emissions and this helps to improve air quality.

"But more charge points are needed to make these vehicles a practical alternative to petrol and diesel cars and we will be discussing this at the meeting."

The scheme makes rapid charging-points available to the public and must include one charging point that is dedicated for the use of taxis.