OWNERS of electric vehicles will have the chance to plug into public power points across South Yorkshire as part of a Government-funded project.
One rapid charge point, which reduces the time needed to recharge the vehicle’s battery, will be installed in Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham.
The Plugged In South Yorkshire project will also provide funding to help 90 small and medium businesses switch to cheaper electric vehicles.
It will also fund two demonstration vehicles that companies can try out.
Sheffield Council is co-ordinating the scheme across the region, which is set to launch in May.
Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council cabinet member for environment, said: “We will pay half the cost of a one-year lease for an electric car or small van and also give a grant for half the cost towards installing a charge point on business premises.
“For businesses, the potential savings are enormous. Running costs for an electric vehicle are 2p to 3p per mile.”