The charge towards EV adoption has begun in Nottingham with the announcement that Chargemaster will affirm the city’s Go Ultra Low City status with new infrastructure plans.
The UK-based provider of electric vehicle charging infrastructure has won a contract to install and operate charging points in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and Derby over the next three years, as part of a £2 million contract with Nottingham City Council.
Car dealerships in the city are likely to see increased uptake of EVs following completion of the three-year initiative which will result in the installation of around 230 charging points.
At least 11 sites are set to be installed in Nottingham within six months, including at park-and-ride sites close to major routes.
David Martell, chief executive of Chargemaster, said that he was “extremely proud” that the business had been appointed to develop the electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the region, which is similar to a £2.3 million scheme started in Milton Keynes late last year.
He added: “The council has a clear vision for Nottingham as a Go Ultra Low City and we are excited to be helping them to achieve it.
“The provision of public charging points for electric vehicles is critical for encouraging drivers to make the switch and ultimately to reduce urban emissions in our towns and cities.”
Chargemaster will be integrating the new network with their POLAR network and offering discount rates to people and businesses within Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
Councillor Sally Longford, Nottingham City Council’s portfolio holder for neighbourhood services and local transport, said: “A lack of charging infrastructure is often cited as one of the main barriers for people looking to buy an electric vehicle, and this project will go a long way to making it easier for motorists to drive around Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and Derby.
“Chargemaster has been involved in several schemes in other parts of the country and we’re excited to work with them to deliver our ambitions for Nottingham.”