New fast chargers in Whitchurch and Overton make greener travel easier
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has installed new fast chargers at Bell Street and Gill Nethercott car parks in Whitchurch and another in London Street car park Overton. The fast chargers have two ports enabling two cars to use them at once and can take EVs from empty to 100% in two to five hours, depending on car and battery capacity.
The borough council received Government funding of £22,500 for the installation of the chargers with additional support of £11,500 from developer contributions.
The new chargers follow the opening of Hampshire’s first electric charging hub In Feather’s Yard, Basingstoke last November and support the council’s Climate Emergency target to work towards a carbon neutral borough by 2030, as well as helping to deliver the adopted Transport Strategy.
To ensure that future facilities are available in the right places, Hampshire County Council is currently running a survey t o help identify locations where the need for electric charging facilities is greatest . People can take part using this link https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/electric-vehicles
Cabinet Member for the Natural Environment and Climate Improvement Cllr Mark Ruffell said: “I am delighted that these three fast chargers are now installed and ready for use in Whitchurch and Overton.
“I hope that they will offer electric vehicle drivers more convenience as they travel around the borough and encourage more people to opt for greener travel options.
“By choosing environmentally-friendly travel, people can help us to reduce the borough’s carbon emissions and take us closer to our Climate Emergency targets.”
Find out more about electric vehicle changing points in the borough at www.basingstoke.gov.uk/vehicle-charging-point