Full speed ahead for faster charge points for cars

Civic Offices
Civic Offices

Electric vehicle users will soon are soon to benefit from the introduction of 50 new charging units – which can charge a car in 20 minutes.

The 50 units will be installed to add to the existing 170 fast charging points and five rapid chargers already located across the city.

The government chose Milton Keynes in 2009 as one of eight UK locations to benefit from a £30m scheme called Plugged in Places.

The scheme aimed to boost EV usage across the UK by kick-starting new charging infrastructure projects off the ground which would in turn boost EV sales.

However, the council has needed to find new ways of funding the scheme without charging taxpayers as the funding was only available for three years.

The charging points will be funded by users on membership and also a ‘Pay as You Go’ type basis. It will cost just £1 per hour for an electric vehicle to charge up at the standard points with free parking.

MK Council will not receive income from the fees for using the charge points and the supplier, Chargemaster, will operate the scheme at no cost to the council.

This will save the council more than £100,000 over the contract period based on the current level of usage, which is doubling each quarter, so the actual saving will potentially be far higher.

Steps are being taken to source the energy for the charging posts from 100 per cent green electricity, generated from wind and solar.

The council is also stepping up the enforcement of the EV bays across Milton Keynes as part of a package of several changes to continue to support and encourage EV usage here.

Councillor Keith McLean, Cabinet Member for Transport said, “I am delighted we have been able to find a way of funding these charging points to keep this service here in Milton Keynes. By 2020 as least one in 20 UK car sales are expected to be electric vehicles and by acting now to improve our EV services we are ensuring that Milton Keynes, again, is leading the way in this sector.”