Businesses plug in to transport

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BUSINESSES in Northumberland can get plugged into the region’s growing electric vehicle charging point network by taking advantage of a 100 per cent subsidy.

The offer has been introduced by Charge your Car, the North East’s Plugged in Places scheme, as part of a bid to install 1,000 charging points throughout the region by 2013.

Northumberland is currently trailing behind other parts of the North East in terms of the number of charging points installed so the offer has been introduced for a limited time only for businesses in key strategic locations to help ensure the region’s charging point network is fully ‘joined up’.

The funding offer represents a saving of around £5,000 for businesses who choose to get involved and will help to ensure they are at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution, with tens of thousands of vehicle sales predicted over the next few years.

Project Manager Josey Wardle said: “Although there has been a significant number of charging points already installed in Northumberland, the county is significantly behind other parts of the region.

“We have introduced this revised funding offer to encourage more businesses in Northumberland to plug into the network, boosting their green credentials and saving money.”

The funding offer refers to the installation of standard charging posts.

To qualify, hosts are required to provide free electricity for EV charging for three years, provide a free parking space and access to the charging point, as well as agreeing to maintain the equipment for at least five years.

Grants are available for any organisation wishing to have a charging point installed on their premises.

For more information visit www.leadthecharge.org.uk or call 0191 490 2474.