Thursday, 1 August 2013

Cambridge MP Welcomes Funding For Electric Vehicle Charging Points

Cambridge MP Julian Huppert has welcomed the news that the city’s hospitals are to receive £60,000 to install electric vehicle charging points.

The award is a share of £37 million announced by Liberal Democrat Transport Minister, Norman Baker to offset the cost of installing the charging points across the country.

Cambridgeshire University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the city’s Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Rosie Maternity will receive the money awarded as part of the second phase of the government scheme to encourage take-up of electric vehicles.

So far, the government has funded more than a quarter of the 8,000 charging points across the UK.

Train operators Greater Anglia and the East Coast Mainline service will receive £165,000 and £150,000 respectively to provide charging points at station car parks.

Cambridge City Council has already installed electric charging points at the city’s Grafton East and Queen Anne Terrace car parks where recharging for up to three hours is free for motorists.

Julian said: “This is very good news. If we are to protect our environment we need to cut our reliance on traditional vehicles and encourage drivers to switch to electric ones; we can only do that if we give them the confidence to know there are enough charging points in our towns and cities.

“I hope this latest round of funding will encourage more drivers to look seriously at the benefits of these zero emission vehicles.”