An additional 47 new electric vehicle charging points have been installed across Babergh and Mid Suffolk council car parks, thanks to a £300,000 government grant.

The charging points can each charge two vehicles at the same time and were funded by a grant from the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles.

The new locations were chosen to cater for nearby local residents, as well as visitors and tourists.

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Cllr Tim Weller, cabinet member for environment, culture, and wellbeing at Mid Suffolk District Council, said:  “Having the right infrastructure in the right place is key in helping our communities thrive - and our car parks are no exception.

“The new EV chargepoints in Mid Suffolk are just one of the steps we’re taking to support greener forms of transport, helping our residents reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality.

“Anyone considering the benefits of EV ownership; cheaper running costs, cleaner, more sustainable and quieter travel, needs to know the charging infrastructure is available. This will provide the confidence to switch, but we know not everyone is going to buy an EV overnight either.

“So, while some residents are already benefitting from these new chargers, they aren’t being used to their fullest just yet.”

It brings the total electric vehicle charging bays to 60 in Babergh and 55 in Mid Suffolk.

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Cllr Daniel Potter, cabinet member for environment at Babergh District Council, said: “Ensuring our facilities, including our car parks, are fit for the future is really important. Making sure we have enough EV infrastructure in the right places over the long term is a key part of that.
“It is vital we encourage greater numbers of people to shift to more environmentally sustainable modes of transport to help tackle climate change.
“These new EV chargepoints will play a greater and greater role in helping residents, as well as visitors and tourists to Babergh, to reduce their carbon emissions and improve air quality.”