More electric vehicle chargepoints now available

03/03/2020, PR-9315

Cllr Jack Hemingway at Unity Hall chargepoint
Cllr Jack Hemingway at Unity Hall chargepoint

​Five rapid electric vehicle charging points are now available in the Wakefield district, with three more set to go live later this month.

The green rapid charging points, powered by 100% renewable energy, are now available at West Street car park in Normanton, Ventnor Way car park in Ossett, Unity Hall and Turton Street car park in Wakefield and Stuart Road (Tesco) car park in Pontefract.

There will be at least 13 rapid chargepoints available across the district once the project is complete later this year. They will typically take under an hour to provide a full vehicle charge depending on your vehicle, with the benefit of electricity provided free of charge until 29 October 2021. There is also no parking fee while the charger is being used.

The initiative is in partnership with West Yorkshire Combined Authority and ENGIE to provide a network of rapid chargepoints across the region - about 88 charge points across West Yorkshire. It is hoped this will help stimulate the interest and increased use of electric vehicles in the district as an important initiative to help tackle climate change.

Cllr Jack Hemingway

​Cllr Jack Hemingway, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change, said: “The Council has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2030 and we also want to help our district become greener, which means supporting our residents to reduce their own carbon footprints.

“By making it more convenient and free for people to access chargepoints, we hope our residents will consider switching to an electric vehicle.

“The electricity comes from 100% renewable sources so is great for the environment and just one of the many schemes we are looking at to help tackle climate change.”

The £3million programme is the result of a successful bid for £1.98million funding from the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). The Combined Authority and the partnering local authorities are also providing a further £1.2million of match funding for the scheme. Leeds-based ENGIE was appointed to install, own and operate the new charging points, which will result in West Yorkshire having 88 of around 500 rapid vehicle charging points across the country.

Each chargepoint will have two parking bays for electric vehicles, with one bay dedicated for taxi use (hackney and private hire) in order to encourage a growth in the number of electric vehicles in this sector. 

To go greener and help to protect our environment you can now register as a chargepoint user on the ENGIE website: https://ev.engie.co.uk/