The installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging points in council-owned car parks around the borough has begun.
In partnership with EV charging infrastructure designers and installers, Joju Charging and their funding partner and charge point operator, Mer UK, the council is installing 32 charging points in 11 car parks. The car parks which will have new chargers are:
- Crown Wood
- Bay Road
- Wildridings, off Cross Fell
- Forest Park
- Great Hollands
- Harmans Water shops
- Birch Hill, off Leppington
- Sandhurst library
- Yeovil Road
The 22kW chargers are open for all to use, including residents without off-street car parking living nearby. The type 2 chargers cost £0.39/kWh and payment can be made on the Mer UK app, or by following the instructions on the charge point.
The marked bays can only be used by electric vehicles which are actively charging.
Cllr Chris Turrell, Executive Member for Planning and Transport, said:
“The council is keen to support as many car users as possible to switch to an EV because of the environmental benefits. But we recognise not everyone has a home with a driveway where they can charge their car.
“In addition to chargers at supermarkets and other retail and leisure outlets, the council is helping by providing chargers in some of our free-to-use car parks.”
Graeme Patton, Head of EV Delivery at Joju Charging, said:
“It’s fantastic to be working with Bracknell Forest Council and our partner Mer UK, to help achieve the council’s EV charging ambitions and to encourage the switch to electric vehicles through the provision of EV charging infrastructure. It’s great to start the installation to bring EV charging to the borough”.
The charge points will be partly funded by ORCS, the government’s on-street residential charging scheme, and partly funded by Mer UK.
Read the climate change strategy for more information on the council’s actions against climate change.