20 Dec Basildon and Rochford District praised for leading the way on electric vehicle chargers
A map published by the Department for Transport showing the availability of electric vehicle charging stations shows that Basildon has the best provision in Essex, with Rochford District significantly increasing its offering.
The installations have been made in an effort to improve local air quality along the A127 between Basildon and Rochford District, as part of the authorities’ response to the Government’s National Air Quality Plan for tackling nitrogen dioxide.
Basildon Council is working in partnership with Rochford District Council on this project through the ‘early measures grant fund’, also working together with Electric Vehicle charger supplier Swarco UK/eVolt. The aim is to reduce the levels of nitrogen in the shortest possible time.
This partnership lead to the councils being awarded a £1,258,000 grant from the Department for Transport. £788,000 of the grant has been awarded for the installation of a cycle route in the Basildon area and the remaining £470,000 is specifically for the installation of rapid charging points for electric vehicles. So this will not have an impact on local taxpayers.
Swarco has installed new electric chargers in Basildon:
– Sporting Villages
– Wickford main car park
With a further site in Billericay to be delivered next year.