Council-operated car parks in Fylde will soon be able to offer charging facilities for electric vehicles thanks to a new project funded by the Department of Transport’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
Four ultra-fast charging units have been installed on Fylde car parks: North Promenade, Wood Street, Pleasant Street, and Lytham Station. Though not yet operational, once fully commissioned and connected to electric supplies these units will be able to provide an 80% charge for electric vehicles in around 40 minutes.
Cllr Roger Small, Chair of the Operational Management Committee, said: “Fylde Council is proud to be bringing better facilities for users of electric cars to our beautiful borough. Electric vehicles are a greener, cleaner alternative to petrol or diesel cars, and our support for this project showcases Fylde Council’s commitment to our environment and our residents.”
The funding from OLEV is for the Lancashire-wide project led by Lancaster Council, with multiple Lancashire districts receiving an allocation to implement accessible electric charging, intended to make the switch to electric vehicles more attractive for taxi firms. The proportion of the funding received by Fylde Council was £98,206, with a further 25% contribution provided by EB Charging, the contractor commissioned to install and operate the system.
Once fully operational, which is likely to occur within the next 6-8 weeks, these charging points will initially be open for use by members of the public. As local taxi fleets transition to electric vehicles, these charging points will be restricted to their specific use as per the requirements of the funding, in order to encourage the industry to make the switch to cleaner modes of transport.
For the broader public, Fylde Council will soon be developing an electric vehicle infrastructure policy, which is likely to include an intention to install further public charge points across the Council’s car parks.
More information about car parks in Fylde can be found on the Fylde Council website: https://new.fylde.gov.uk/resident/parking/
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