Electric car charging points set to be installed around the district

Charging stations for electric cars are poised to spring up across the district

Canterbury City Council’s regeneration committee is being asked to approve the installation of nine electric charging points across the district.

A report going before councillors states: “Electric vehicles are becoming more commonplace and are expected to play a big part in improving air quality and reducing carbon emissions.

“In the past six years the number of electric vehicles in use in the UK has risen from 2,500 to 80,000 and this is predicted to continue to rise.”

The locations chosen for Canterbury are Westgate Hall Road, North Holmes Road, Queens Avenue and Beverley Road.

A charging point for electric cars

In Whitstable, they are Sea Street, Cromwell Road, Nelson Road and Gladstone Road.

Only Central Parade has been chosen in Herne Bay.

Parking bays in those roads will be reserved for people with electric cars.

The council report goes on: “Discussions are ongoing with suppliers of electric vehicle on street chargers and the procurement of these will be through an open tender on the council’s business portal.

“The tender will stipulate that the scheme needs to be free to register so that users only pay the cost of the power, and that the scheme should be compatible with the city council’s other on-line parking registration schemes.”

Last month it emerged that electric car technology is moving quickly.

Researchers from the universities of Bristol and Surrey have developed a next-generation material for supercapacitors which means a car can charge in just 10 minutes. Their travel distance could also rise from 200 miles to 350.

It comes as environmental think tank Green Alliance calls for the ban on new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 rather than the government target of 2040.

The regeneration committee will be asked to resolve that electric vehicle charging points are provided at parking bays at the listed locations. It meets at the Guildhall at 7pm on Thursday, March 22.

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