The introduction of electric cars in the city will have significant environmental benefits such as a reduction in vehicles’ exhaust emissions to help improve air quality, reduced carbon emissions, and a reduction in traffic noise.
Last year, phase one of the project identified 6 key locations across the city for the first BP ‘Chargemaster’ charging points to be installed. The charging points can be found at:
- Birch Street
- Clifton Street car park
- Market Street
- West Park Hospital
- Princess Street taxi rank
- Red Hill Street
Phase 2 has identified 5 key locations for the new charging points and focuses on locations outside of the city centre to ensure charging points are accessible across Wolverhampton. The new locations are:
- Pinfold Street car park
- Temple Street car park
- Tettenhall High Street car park
- Woodhouse Fold car park
- WV Active Bert Williams car park
Electric vehicles will benefit from 90 minutes free parking when charging. Drivers can pay for their charge via the Polar network and via contactless payments.
Councillor Steve Evans, Cabinet Member for City Environment at City of Wolverhampton Council said: “I’m pleased to see further work underway in preparation for the increasing demand in electric vehicles.
“The move towards electric vehicles will improve air quality, reduce noise on our roads and benefit public health.
“The new charging points will also inevitably attract more drivers to visit, live and work in Wolverhampton and will therefore benefit the local economy.”
Councillor Barbara McGarrity, Champion for Climate Change at City of Wolverhampton Council said: “This is a move in the right direction to support our commitment to tackle climate change.
“Electric vehicles are much cleaner for the environment and hopefully with more charging points in place, this will encourage more green drivers to visit our city.”
The city council is working closely with BP Chargemaster with a target of installing its second phase by the summer and its third phase by the end of the year.