Electric cars on show at East of England summit in Hatfield

A SCHEME to put 600 electric car charging points in Hertfordshire and the East of England is being considered for Government funding.

At a summit held at the University of Hertfordshire yesterday (Thursday), it was announced that the EValu8 project, a �5.4m scheme to make the East of Engand region a haven for electric vehicle owners, had been shortlisted for funding from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles, as part of the Government’s Plugged in Places initiative.

If the bid is successful, charging points could be installed by as early as Spring next year.

A consortium of more than 50 businesses and local authorities from across the East of England visited the uni’s de Havilland campus in Hatfield, where a selection of electric cars and charging points were on display.

Deborah Cadman, chief executive of the East of England Development Agency (EEDA), said: “The transition to a low carbon economy is a necessity, not a choice.

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“EEDA has been proud to coordinate this project in partnership with businesses and local authorities – a project that will build upon the East of England’s position as a leader in low carbon innovation, providing the research and development platform to help develop a global electric vehicle economy of the future.”

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