New electric vehicle chargepoints have been installed in Dorset, one of them in Gillingham.
These chargepoints have been installed and are live at Wollaston Field car park, Dorchester; Gas Lane, Gillingham; Old Market Yard, Sherborne; The Hub car park, Verwood; and King Street car park, Wimborne. These offer residents and businesses a cleaner and greener way to travel in Dorset, says Dorset Council.
Further chargepoints will be switched on in the coming weeks at other Dorset Council sites around the county.
The installation of the new chargepoints is one of a number of measures in the council’s ambition to become zero carbon by 2040 and accelerate several actions in its Climate and Ecological Emergency Strategy Action Plan.
Councillor Ray Bryan, Dorset Council’s Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, said: ‘Dorset has an important role to play in helping to tackle the climate and ecological emergency.
‘We’re committed to becoming a carbon-neutral council by 2040 at the latest, and making other changes needed to help the whole of Dorset become carbon-neutral by 2050. Providing drivers with more chargepoints for their electric vehicles is an exciting step towards this.
‘The government plans to phase out sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030, so it is important drivers are offered more sustainable travel options now.’
Councillor Bryan continued: ‘We are grateful to Joju Charging and their partners Grønn Kontakt for funding both the installation and management of this scheme and for their enthusiasm and hard work in getting us to this stage.’
Chas Warlow from Joju said: ‘We are very happy to be working with Dorset Council on the roll-out of electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the county, to help the county move to a low-carbon future.
‘The fast (22kW) chargepoints we are installing are supplied with 100% renewable energy and will enable drivers to charge their electric vehicles while visiting the county’s towns.’
A quick top-up (a charge of 15 minutes) will enable a journey of about 15 miles, or a full charge will take 2-4 hours, depending on the vehicle.
The new chargepoints are located at the following locations:
- Langton Road, Blandford Forum, DT11 7DZ
- Fairfield long stay, Dorchester, DT1 1QW
- Wollaston Field, Dorchester, DT1 1EQ
- Gas Lane, Gillingham, SP8 4AT
- Holmbush, Lyme Regis, DT7 3HX
- Bell Street, Shaftesbury, SP7 8AP
- Coldharbour, Sherborne, DT9 4HA
- Old Market Yard, Sherborne, DT9 3HR
- Potters Wheel, Manor Way, Verwood, BH31 7AQ
- The Hub, Verwood, BH31 7QE
- Rempstone Centre, Wareham, BH20 4NX
- West Bay Road, West Bay, DT6 4EL
- Governor’s Lane, Weymouth, DT4 8DD
- Melcombe Regis, Weymouth, DT4 7DW
- Swannery, Weymouth, DT4 7TY
- King Street, Wimborne Minster, BH21 1EA
- Westfield Close, Wimborne Minster, BH21 1ES
See the locations of all Dorset’s chargepoints at www.zap-map.com
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To use the chargepoints, download the Gronn Kontakt electric vehicle charging app from the Appstore or Google Play or visit gronnkontakt.co.uk
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