Dorset to get first public car charge points

Electric car plugged in
Image caption Fifteen rapid charge points for electric vehicles will be installed in Dorset

The first public rapid charging points for electric cars are to be installed in Dorset, after three councils secured almost £725,000 of government funding.

A project spokesman said 15 electric vehicle charging points would be set up - four in Poole, three in Bournemouth and a further eight in Dorset.

The funding has come from the UK Government Office for Low-emission Vehicles (OLEV).

Work will start in the spring and be completed by the end of 2014.

The £723,000 funding has been jointly secured by the Borough of Poole Council, Bournemouth Borough Council and Dorset County Council.

Faster charge

Three charging points will be installed in Poole itself - in New Orchard, Serpentine Road and Ashley Road - with a further one put in Poole Road, Westbourne.

In Bournemouth, they will be placed in West Hill car park, Bournemouth Railway Station/Interchange and Hawkwood Road main car park.

The exact locations of the Dorset charge points have not yet been agreed.

They will be located in Christchurch, Wimborne Minster, Dorchester, Blandford Forum, Weymouth, Shaftesbury, Bridport and Lyme Regis.

"These locations have been chosen because they are near the main east-west or north-south routes or provide places to charge once motorists get to the coast," said a project spokesperson.

Rapid charging points extend the range of electric vehicles by recharging them in 40 minutes, compared to the 4-8 hours it usually takes to charge at home.

OLEV was officially launched by the government in 2009 and supports ultra-low emission vehicles.

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