More electric vehicle chargepoints now available
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, 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
“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.”
£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
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/