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Published on Mar 24, 2011
In the first project of this scale outside London, Brighton & Hove is installing 8 on-street electric vehicle charging points across the city. The electric vehicle charging points project, has installed four on-street electric vehicle charging points at two locations in the city, so far - Bartholomew's in central Brighton and Ditchling Road opposite The Level. Another four charging points are to be installed in two other locations, Madeira Drive and Withdean Stadium, this year.
The short video features two local businesses who have both switched to using electric vehicles to take advantage of free power provided at the council's new on-street charging points.
We follow Martin Lawrence of Lawrence Art Supplies and Darren Kis of Swat Marketing on a typical day as they use (and charge) their electric vehicle around the city to deliver/distribute materials locally. Martin and Darren both talk about their experiences and the benefits of using an electric vehicle and the use of the newly installed charging points.
~ "it's environmentally friendly with very cheap insurance" ~ "It's down to free power. I'm saving about £2,000 a year in fuel costs so it's going to pay for itself pretty quickly".
Electric vehicle charging points have been partially funded from the European CIVITAS scheme. Over the period of the project Brighton & Hove City Council will be seeking to establish whether the installation and operation of these on-street charging points has increased the ownership and usage of electric vehicles in the Brighton & Hove area. The move is aimed at encouraging people to drive electric cars and is part of the council's commitment to achieving an energy efficient transport system and to the national 10:10 campaign to cut carbon emissions.
For more information go to: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/elec-vehicles