New electric vehicle charging points installed in Worcester
New electric vehicle (EV) charging points have been installed in Worcester City Council's King Street car park.
The move will build on the success of the 12 EV charging points which are already in place at St Martin's Gate car park.
Four fast chargers have been installed in King Street car park and residents living within 1 kilometre of any City Council EV chargers will be eligible for a residential EV permit, allowing them to park free-of-charge between 6pm and 8am whilst charging their electric vehicle overnight.
The permit will be valid for the new chargers in King Street car park and also for the existing 22kW chargers at St Martin's Gate car park (WR1 2BS). Standard parking charges will apply at all other times. This offer will be particularly useful for residents with electric vehicles who don't have access to a drive or off-street parking.
The chargers have been funded by the On Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme, run by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (part of the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero.)
All charge points in Worcester City Council car parks are powered by green electricity, generated from renewable sources.
Worcester City Council will be writing directly to residents in the King Street area with further details of the scheme. Those eligible can apply for a free residential EV charging permit at www.worcester.gov.uk/evpermit.
Councillor Zoe Cookson, vice chair of Worcester City Council's Environment Committee, said: "Earlier in the year, the Environment Committee approved an EV Charging Strategy for Worcester and this project delivers on one of the aims of the strategy, to provide options for residents who cannot charge their electric vehicle at home. Our permit system will allow residents to charge their vehicles overnight without paying for parking and I would urge those eligible to apply for a free EV charging permit at www.worcester.gov.uk/evpermit."
Worcester City Council plans to install more EV charging points in Tallow Hill car park early next year.