October 2019

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Published on 3 October 2019

Three Teignbridge car parks to get electric vehicle charging points

An electric car charging point

Council car parks in three Teignbridge towns are to get electric vehicle charging points thanks to a two-year, £1.3m project to install at least 25 units for public use in car parks across Devon.

One key car park in Dawlish, Newton Abbot and Teignmouth will offer electric vehicle charging once the project is completed.

Teignbridge is working in partnership with Devon County Council (DCC) and other Devon districts to deliver the Devon Low-carbon Energy & Transport Technology Innovator (DELETTI) programme. This will prevent more than 300 tonnes of carbon from entering the atmosphere every year.

The project launched this month (October) follows Devon County Council securing a grant of £817,712 from the European Regional Development Fund. The charge points will be installed in key car parks in Devon’s largest communities.

These include Barnstaple, Dartmouth, Dawlish, Exeter, Exmouth, Sidmouth, Honiton, Ilfracombe, Ivybridge, Kingsbridge, Newton Abbot, Okehampton, Salcombe, Seaton, South Molton, Tavistock, Teignmouth and Totnes.

The charge points will be powered by renewable energy, possibly in the form of solar carports – solar panels mounted on frames to enable cars to park underneath and recharge.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “The Government has committed to banning the sale of all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040, but long before that we want more people to start using electric vehicles.

“It’s difficult to encourage more people to use electric cars until there are more charging points. These won’t be provided until there are more electric cars on the road. This partnership with district councils helps break that cycle.

“Fewer petrol and diesel cars will lead to a reduction in emissions, cleaner air and an improved quality of life for residents”.

Cllr Jackie Hook, Teignbridge District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Climate Change Emergency, said “We’re excited that this project has launched and we will soon see the first electric charging points in our Council car parks. This is only the start and forms part of our wider Electric Vehicles charging infrastructure and Ultra Low Emission Vehicles policy."