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New charging hub puts Basingstoke town centre on the EV map

News release 9838, published on 26 Nov 2020
<span>Basingstoke town centre now offers motorists more options for cleaner and greener driving following the opening of a new town centre electric charging hub.

<span>Based in Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Feather’s Yard Car Park, the electric charging hub is the first of its kind in Hampshire as the borough drives ahead in its plan to hit its carbon goals.

<span>The hub, which officially opened on Monday 23 November has been made possible thanks to a contribution of £75,000 approved by councillors last year to support the council’s Climate Emergency target to work towards a carbon neutral borough by 2030. It also offers electric vehicle drivers a convenient and dedicated car park with a better choice of chargers and free town centre parking while vehicles are charging.

<span>The new charging hub consists of seven charging points.  One rapid chargers, capable of charging a standard electric vehicle from near empty to 80% capacity in just 40 minutes and the six fast chargers can charge from empty to 100% in two to five hours, depending on car and battery capacity.

<span>Cabinet Member for Environment and Enforcement Cllr Hayley Eachus said: “This unique publicly funded green hub is a first for Hampshire and not only demonstrates our commitment to providing motorists with better facilities to support environmentally friendly travel, but also takes us a step closer to achieving our ambitious Climate Emergency targets. Reducing carbon emissions in the borough is a key part of this and offering more choice, convenience and free parking to electric vehicle drivers will, we hope, encourage more motorists to consider electric vehicles in the future.

<span> "We have been working on the hub throughout the spring and the summer and look forward being able to provide a charging facility for shoppers to use when they return to the town centre.”

<span>Find out more about the electric vehicle changing points in the town centre at  www.basingstoke.gov.uk/vehicle-charging-point

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