'Park up and plug in' new electric vehicle charge points unveiled

25 March 2014

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Environmentally conscious electric vehicle owners can now `charge up' for free, thanks to the introduction of new electric vehicle charge points in Woking's town centre car parks.

The six slim-line, state-of-the-art Elektrobay charge points use low carbon electricity generated via the town centre Combined Heat and Power station and are located in dedicated parking bays:

  • Level 2, Yellow Shoppers Car Park (two parking bays)

  • Brewery Road Car Park (four parking bays).

These additional electric charge points compliment two existing bays already in operation in Victoria Way Car Park.

Any driver that wishes to make use of the charge points can do so by becoming a member of the Charge Your Car (CYC) scheme. By purchasing a Lifetime Card for a one-off payment of just 10, drivers will receive unlimited access, subject to availability, to these points and all other points on the CYC network. While the electricity is free, drivers will need to continue to pay for parking.

Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, Woking Borough Council's Portfolio Holder for the Environment and Sustainability, said: "Through its Climate Change Strategy, the Council is committed to reducing carbon emissions, adapting to climate change issues and promoting sustainable, smarter ways to travel around the Borough. By locating these charge point within our town centre car parks, we aim to support and encourage drivers to make the switch to electric vehicles that will deliver both convenience and environmental benefits over the years to come."

To use the new electric charge points, drivers will need to register with the scheme by calling 01912 650500 or visiting www.chargeyourcar.org.uk A free app that enables drivers to access charge points via their smartphones is also available to download from the scheme's website. Once registered, drivers simply need to `park up and plug in'. Drivers are required to provide their own charging cables.

For more information about the scheme, please visit www.woking.gov.uk/transport/parking/carparks/chargepoints