Rotherham Council offers free electric charging at car parks in RotherhamPublished Monday, 30th September 2019
From 1 October 2019 until the end of March 2020, electric car owners will be able to charge their vehicles for free at all Rotherham Council owned charging points.
The charging points are operated by NewMotion, and users will usually require a membership charge card or smartphone app to operate them. However to encourage early users of the new charging points, the Council is making charging available for free until the end of the current financial year. Parking charges will still apply in the car parks where these are required.
Nationally, the number of electric vehicles on the road has increased over the past few years as they offer a cheaper, cleaner alternative to traditional fossil fuel powered cars. Per mile, electric cars are an average of 13.9p cheaper to run than their petrol counterparts.*
Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs & the Local Economy, Cllr Denise Lelliott, said: “There are many benefits to owning an electric car including lower running costs and no road tax. The introduction of more charging points across the borough will make it easier to charge your vehicle in the future, with the added benefit of free charging until March 2020.
“The charging points are part of the Council’s continued investment into our communities, and supports our ongoing commitment to reduce emissions. Electric cars are more sustainable and less polluting alternative, particularly compared with diesel cars.”
Dean Fielding, an electric car owner from Laughton, Rotherham, said: “Electric cars are definitely the future, it’s here now. If you’re looking to get an electric car, I’d say do your research, watch Youtube videos such as Fully Charged Show and Who killed The Electric Car which are really good. The more you find out the more you realise it’s a great idea to invest in an electric vehicle, especially as batteries are so good now. There are more charging points than filling stations so it is getting easier to own an electric car. They’re more affordable, cheaper to run, more convenient and better than you think.”
EV charging points included in the scheme are now available at:
• Drummond Street (town centre)
• Scala Car Park (town centre)
• Wellgate Multi-story Car Park
• Walker street Car Park, Swinton
• Clifton Park Museum
• Rawmarsh Library
• Aston Library and Neighbourhood Hub
• Wath Upon Dearne Community Library Car Park
• Thyrbergh County Park
• Rother Valley Country Park – Visitor Centre
• Rother Valley Country Park – Water Sports Centre
*Source: British Gas Website