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Date published: 19th February 2020

North Norfolk District Council has commenced the installation of Electric Vehicle Charge Points (EVCs) in six public car parks across the District following the confirmation of grant funding from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). The £200,000 project will be funded jointly by the Council and OLEV and will futureproof car parks in local towns as electric vehicle numbers rise.

OLEV is a Cross-Government team which aims to promote the use of electric vehicles. The grant funding helps councils to provide the infrastructure necessary to facilitate their introduction.

NNDC proposes to install EVCPs in Council owned car parks in Sheringham, Cromer, Holt, Fakenham, Wells and North Walsham. The EVCs use ‘GeniePoint’, a web-based system for managing vehicle charging; the website allows customers to top up credit and sends a text message when charging is complete. 

The project aims to help meet the expected rise in demand for electric vehicles from around 250,000 currently to 6 million on the road by 2030. It has been identified that most Electric Vehicle users will charge their vehicles at home. By installing these facilities in areas where many nearby properties do not have their own off-street parking, the Council aims to provide charging points and make Electric Vehicles more accessible to both residents and visitors.

Cllr Sarah Bütikofer, Leader of North Norfolk District Council, said: “We are delighted to bring forward this new initiative which will see 34 Electric Vehicle Charge points introduced to our car parks across the District. This is just the first step on the Council’s path towards delivering our new ‘greener’ agenda. Whilst we are working to reduce our own Carbon footprints we want to help residents and visitors to play their part too.”

Last updated: 19th February 2020