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Council scouting locations for electric car charging points in North Hykeham

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 17, 2012

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A town council is scouting for locations for electric car charging points.

Members of North Hykeham Town Council's environment committee have identified several spots in the town that could be used, with demand for the vehicles predicted to increase.

And they are keen to speak with developers about where other charging points could go. It is hoped the first point could be installed at a proposed new garage in Fen Lane.

Vehicles would be charged by roof-mounted solar panels. A rainwater harvesting system could also be included in the project, which could cost up to £85,000.

Wallace Lee, chairman of the environment committee, said: "Electric vehicles are expensive at the moment and they have a limited range but at some point that will change.

"I think it could take two or three years but we think it's something we should be looking at now.

"Electric cars have benefits for the environment and stopping pollution, and there may be cost benefits when the price eventually goes down.

"They will become more numerous than they are now."

Mr Wallace Lee believes the council is looking further ahead than most local authorities with assessing how cars will be charged in future.

And he added he hopes a charging point could be installed at Hykeham railway station as part of a proposed £5 million park-and-ride development.

Manufacturing giant Siemens already has a charging point at its base in Lincoln, where its vehicles and the University of Lincoln's electric bus can fill up.

The company is also adding more facilities at its new small gas turbine servicing base at Teal Park in Whisby Road.

Lindum Group also charges up its own electric cars at its headquarters in Station Road, North Hykeham.

Neil Corner, a director of Siemens's Lincoln service operation, said: "Introducing electric vehicles into our fleet was a key part of our approach to sustainability.

"We have installed charging points at all sites, including our brand new service facility at Teal Park and the university's engineering hub.

"We would welcome the further roll-out across the city, as an initiative which would greatly enhance Lincoln's green credentials."

Mr Lee said the power produced by solar panels on the Fen Lane garage would help increase the income from panels already on the council's offices.

"I think everybody is getting more environmentally minded," he said. "We're looking at it from a cost basis, as well as a pollution basis.

"We're trying our best to not be dependent on fossil fuels."

Members of the town council's environment committee will discuss the matter at their next meeting on Wednesday, December 19.

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