A Tees Valley business park is all geared up to welcome electric vehicles (EVs) after installing a quick charging point - marking another milestone in the North East’s Charge your Car programme.
The new charging point is at the entrance to 700-acre Wynyard Park on Wynyard Park Avenue and is easily accessible from the A19 and A689.
It brings the number of quick charging points in the region up to eight and the number of standard points to over 300, with 76 currently in place in Tees Valley.
Matt Johnson, development manager at Wynyard Park, said: “This will be of benefit to both site tenants and visitors, whilst also being a massive boost for our long-term development plans.
"Our vision for the site is to create a high-class mixed use sustainable community that includes a hospital, homes, shops and leisure facilities. Environmentally-friendly facilities such as this charging point reflect that vision and we are delighted with its installation."
Josey Wardle, project manager for Charge your Car, said: "Wynyard Park is one of the North East’s leading business locations and is well positioned close to all of the region’s major road links. Additionally, Stockton Council has been a real advocate of Charge your Car since the programme launched, so we were really keen to see a quick charger installed in the south of the region which will help to plug a gap in the network.
"Quick charging points are vital to ensure that EV drivers can make longer journeys around the region and beyond as they charge an EV in under 30 minutes. Charge your Car has therefore placed these points at strategic locations across the North East and has a number of others in the pipeline."
As a result of Charge your Car - the North East's Plugged in Places scheme - the region now boasts the UK’s most comprehensive EV charging point network.
The Wynyard Park quick charger can be accessed by Charge your Car members for free and will also be available to visitors to the region as part of the new Pay as you Go network at £5 per charge.
Stockton Borough Council has been instrumental in developing the network of charging points in Tees Valley. Councillor Mike Smith, the council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, said: "The installation of the quick charger at Wynyard Park, the first for Tees Valley, is a welcomed boost for the region’s EV charging point infrastructure. It marks an essential next step in the development of EVs, extending the range of these vehicles and providing drivers with the flexibility to travel unrestricted around the region."
In addition to Wynyard Park, the North East currently has quick charging points located at Berwick, Alnwick, Hexham, Washington, Dalton Park, at the Metrocentre in Gateshead and on the Felling Bypass. The region was the very first to install a public quick charger (at the Metrocentre) and now has more quick chargers than any other part of the UK.
The North East Charge your Car project was launched in early 2010 after North East England was named as one of the first three areas to put in place a comprehensive Electric Vehicle infrastructure and was given funding to support the installation of charging posts in car parks, on streets, at residential and commercial locations.
Grants are available for any organisation wishing to have a charging point installed on their premises. For further information on the funding available visit www.leadthecharge.org.uk or call the Charge your Car team on tel: 0191 490 2474.