Electric car charging points installed in Hertsmere car parks

PUBLISHED: 11:50 20 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:40 20 November 2017

Councillor Linda Silver, chairman of Hertsmere Borough Council�s Planning Committee and owner of an electric vehicle, is pictured with Steve Burton, head of Street Scene.  
Picture: Hertsmere Council

Councillor Linda Silver, chairman of Hertsmere Borough Council�s Planning Committee and owner of an electric vehicle, is pictured with Steve Burton, head of Street Scene. Picture: Hertsmere Council

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Three electric vehicle charging points are to be installed in the Hertsmere borough, including one in Potters Bar.

Electric vehicle user Susan Rayner is pictured with Steve Burton in the Civic Offices car park.  
Picture: Hertsmere CouncilElectric vehicle user Susan Rayner is pictured with Steve Burton in the Civic Offices car park. Picture: Hertsmere Council

Hertsmere Council has teamed up with the British electric vehicle charging company, Pod Point, to install the first electric vehicle (EV) charge points in the area.

Pod Point Open Charge Twin units have been installed in three council-run car parks across the borough.

The units are located at the Civic Offices car park in Borehamwood, Salisbury Close car park in Potters Bar and the High Road car park in Bushey.

Open Charge points are the next generation of Pod Point’s public charging network.

The stations are reliable, open to all, don’t require membership or RFID cards and can be accessed via Pod Point’s intuitive app.

The charge points are 7kW, which provide enough charge to power around 30 miles of range per hour, ideal for drivers running errands around the area.

Councillor Seamus Quilty, portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: “It is important for us to be able to offer facilities to all our residents.

“Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly common and we need to support those drivers, as well as encourage motorists to swap to ultra-low emission vehicles, which will benefit the environment.

“We have updated our car parks and a part of this scheme has been to future-proof them ready for electric charging points.”

The council built in the infrastructure when originally developing the car parks so that cabling for EV could be easily laid at a later date to minimise disruption while the charging points are installed.

The initial units are expected to be the first phase of a wider roll-out for the council.

The uptake will be monitored, with a view to extend the network to other car parks across the borough in the future.

Susan Rayner, of New Barnet, was one of the first motorists to use the new pods in the Civic Offices car park.

Susan, who recently bought a Nissan Leaf electric vehicle, said: “I needed to replace my car and I thought it was a good time to go electric, as ultimately we will all need to in the future.

“I’m concerned about climate change and air pollution, particularly in London, so wanted to do my bit.

“I’m pleased to see that Hertsmere Borough Council now has these pods available.”

Pod Point has already shipped more than 40,000 charge points, providing in excess of 30m miles of electric motoring in the UK.

For more information on the Hertsmere Borough Council charge points please visit www.hertsmere.gov.uk/electriccar or if you are looking for more information on EV ownership or charge points in your area, please visit https://opencharge.pod-point.com/.

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