Electric vehicles (EV) and charging points

Electric cars are better for the environment

Councillor Cartwright and two other men at Sport in Desford's car charging point

Research has identified that electric cars are better for the environment. They emit less greenhouse gases and air pollutants over their life than a petrol or diesel car. While the cost of purchasing an electric vehicle is currently higher, the running costs are up to 70% lower and maintenance and repair costs are minimal. As more vehicles are mass produced the cost will come down. 

We are currently installing 24 EV charging points in two council run car parks in Hinckley. These are Lower Bond Street and Castle (Hill Street).

Hinckley’s requirement for EV charging was identified due to the large areas of residential housing with no off street parking and a requirement for workers, shoppers and visitors to charge their vehicle whilst visiting the town centre. Part funding for the project was secured through the office for low emission vehicles.

The chargers will be supplied by Pod Point Ltd, whose mobile phone application identifies charging points across the country and also takes payment. Information about charging points and to download the app, please visit pod point network (pod-point.com).

Parking charges

Normal parking charges will apply for the duration of your stay, our pay and display machines accept coins or debit and credit cards by contactless payments.

Residents who live up to approximately seven minutes walk from the car parks will be contacted and offered a free parking permit to use while charging.

Future plans

Initial surveys to establish the suitability of rural car parks for electric charging points are in hand and it is hoped further funding will be secured. 

For any more information please complete our contact form or telephone 01455 238141.

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Last updated: ‎14/01/2022 11:47