Brighton and Hove City Council recognised for promoting the use of EVs

Published:  16 February, 2012

Brighton & Hove City Council has won a national award for its work to promote the use of electric vehicles.

The Council's electric vehicle charging point scheme, started in February 2010, and was the first project of its scale in the UK outside London.

Four on-street electric vehicle charging points have been installed at Bartholomew's in central Brighton and Ditchling Road opposite The Level. A further four have been recently installed, two at Withdean Stadium and two at Madeira Drive.

The Council is working with energy supply companies to have the Madeira Drive points functional by this autumn.

A registration scheme for UK residents has been set up by the Council and Elektromotive, a charging point supplier. A trial period is underway offering incentives to encourage drivers to switch to electric vehicles, including free registration, parking and electricity whilst vehicles are recharging.

Brighton & Hove is the only city in the country to have gained funding for such a project from the EU's CIVITAS Archimedes Project; and is working with five other cities in Europe to share best practice, experience and skills.

The project has won CIVINET's PRISM Award for the most outstanding, ambitious and innovative scheme in the field of sustainable urban mobility in the UK and Ireland.

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