Lancashire County Council are moving swiftly into 2020 with a 150-strong electric vehicle charging network is now live.
Drivers of electric vehicles can now find a place to park and plug-in when visiting most of Lancashire’s town centres thanks to a project to install 150 on-street charging points.
A County Council spokesman said, “It features the largest concentration of public rapid chargers in the North West of England, and is the first such facility for drivers using the M6.
“The 18 chargers are based on a Park and Ride site near J34 at Lancaster, offering drivers passing through Lancashire on longer journeys the opportunity to fully charge their vehicle in less than an hour, depending on the model, as well as being a convenient place to plug-in and catch a bus into the city.”
County Councillor Keith Iddon, Lancashire County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said, “The government has provided funding to establish 150 charging points in the county to increase take-up of electric vehicles, reduce emissions and improve air quality, and I’m glad that these points are now available for people to use.
“Most of them are in town and city centres for the convenience of people making local journeys, but we’ve also recognised that our Lancaster Park and Ride site is strategically well-positioned to provide a service for all electric vehicle owners.
“The way the motor industry is evolving suggests we’re only going to see people using more electric vehicles in the future, and I look forward to them becoming a more common sight in Lancashire.”
Matteo de Renzi, CEO for BP Chargemaster, added, “Lancashire County Council has been a great partner to work with in electrifying an entire county, helping drivers in the region to make the switch to electric vehicles.
“We are particularly proud of the launch of the first public rapid charging hub on the M6, which will make electric driving on the motorway in the North West even easier.”