More electric vehicle charging points on their way in Rotherham

Published Thursday, 21st June 2018
Cllr Read at the electric vehicle charging point on Drummond St
Leader of the Council Cllr Chris Read at one of Rotherham's existing electric vehicle charging points on Drummond St

With National Clean Air Day taking place today (Thursday 21 June), Rotherham Council has released details of a number of planned new charging points for electric vehicles.

Government funding to help improve air quality in the borough was announced earlier this year. In Rotherham, a £700,000 Early Measure Fund Grant will be used to provide charging points in public places to encourage residents and visitors to switch to driving electric vehicles.

There are three main projects that will be funded:

  • Ten charging points at Wellgate multi-storey car park, linked to a solar-powered cell on the roof
  • Charging points at the Council’s Hellaby Depot to enable the replacement of diesel vehicles with electric ones
  • Charging points at various destinations across the borough 

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads and Community Safety, Cllr Emma Hoddinott, herself drives an electric car. She said: “The provision of electric vehicle charging points will help people to make a transition from diesel-fuelled vehicles to clean electricity, much of which now comes from sustainable sources.”

Council Leader Cllr Chris Read said: “It’s great that Rotherham has managed to secure this grant which will help us to put some of the Council’s under-used car parking capacity to good use.”

The borough’s first ‘on-street’ fast electric vehicle charging point was installed at Rotherham’s Drummond Street in 2015, which allows drivers to top up their electric vehicle battery charge, on the road, in just three to four hours.