Winchester City Council has installed the first of 33 electric vehicle charging points in the district.
The first charging point is the result of plans laid out by the city council’s electric vehicle charging strategy. This document identified several car parks across the city area where charging points could be installed.
The council aims to complete the installation of the remaining points by Christmas with further work being undertaken to roll-out more charging in the future.
An additional rapid charging point will be installed near to Winchester Railway Station, due for completion in early 2021. The roll-out will also be complemented by a pilot of on-street charging facilities that will be managed by Hampshire County Council.
The news comes as part of the council’s plans to become carbon-neutral by 2030.
Lynda Murphy, cabinet member for Climate Emergency, said: “We’re delighted that the first of our electric vehicle charging points is now up and running in Denmead. This work supports our continued dedication to ‘green travel’ and puts Winchester district at the frontline of Hampshire’s electric vehicle infrastructure planning.
“We welcome, and actively encourage, those with electric vehicles to use the new facilities and help the district achieve its ambitious goal of being a carbon neutral district by 2030.”