Electric vehicle (EV) recharging points are located at six locations within the district, five of which are available for public use. They were installed following a grant in 2013 from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
The purpose in installing EV recharging points in the district is to encourage the use of more sustainable forms of transport in line with our Climate Change Policy and Local Air Quality Management responsibilities.
Location of the recharging points
Electric vehicle recharging parking bays for public use are in the following long stay car parks:
- Lairage Multi Storey (level 1) Hitchin
- Woodside, Hitchin
- Garden Square Multi Storey (level 5) Letchworth Garden City
- Civic Centre, Royston
- The Twitchell, Baldock
Each recharging point has the facility to recharge two EVs at the same time and so two side by side parking bays are designated for EV recharging at each car park.
How to register
If you would like to use these EV charging points, you need to register online with CPS GENIE. Any vehicle that is licensed with the DVLA as a pure electric or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle can join the scheme. This includes motorbikes, cars, vans, trucks and scooters.
Cost and restrictions
From Wednesday 7 March 2018 there will be a fee charged for the electricity used. The fee has been set at £0.30 per kilowatt hour. The introduction of a fee for the use of electricity has also been communicated directly to all of the EV drivers that are registered with ChargePoint Services Limited (CPS), the company that is the network provider for the NHDC owned EV recharging points.
A maximum stay limit of three hours is imposed on the EV recharging bays. This should be sufficient time to achieve a reasonable charge. If parked in any other parking bay, EV owners will be expected to pay and display a valid parking ticket for the length of their stay.
All usage charges and restriction policies will be reviewed on an annual basis. Any changes will be communicated through the NHDC website and the charging point network provider.
The Office for Low Emission Vehicles and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders together with five car manufacturers have launched the Go Ultra Low Campaign. The campaign aims to provide a one-stop hub for everything you need to know about ultra low emission vehicles to demonstrate that they are a real choice for motorists today.