Super-fast charging points for electric cars

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South Yorkshire has been awarded £225,000 to increase the number of rapid electric car charging points.

The county will receive £75,000 from the Department for Transport this year, with a further £150,000 the year after.

The units give some cars a full charge in 30 minutes as opposed to standard charge points that can take up to eight hours.

The grant funding is part of a £37 million pot the Department for Transport is giving to councils, hospitals and railway operators over the next three years.

Work will now start to identify half a dozen rapid charge points across South Yorkshire - making sure that there is an equal spread across areas.

Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council cabinet member for environment, said: “Electric vehicles are a key part of our future, enabling us to travel cleaner and cheaper. Electric vehicles are really important to improving our air quality.

“Securing this investment for Sheffield and South Yorkshire will help to tackle what has been a ‘postcode lottery’ for electric vehicle users.

“We are going to bring half a dozen rapid charge points to South Yorkshire, in addition to the four points we are already building.

“This will make sure that Sheffield and South Yorkshire is among the best places for green vehicles.”

Transport Minister Norman Baker said: “With hundreds of new charge points adding to the ever-expanding network of infrastructure, people will be able to recharge their cars at stations, in hospital car parks and on streets all over the country.

“This is brilliant news for those already using these vehicles and will give greater confidence to those who are considering making the switch to electric.”