Transition Langport celebrates the installation of the first Electric Car Charging Station in the town to encourage zero emission vehicles visiting Langport.
The Charging Station was donated by Zero Carbon World, a charity supporting the reduction of pollution & fossil fuels in society and was installed with a community grant from South Somerset District Council with leading EV Charging Station installers in the SW, EV Motion. Langport Town Council supported this partnership project and has taken on the ownership of the Charging Station, agreeing to fund the charging costs for the first six months of its operation.
The Charging Station is located in the main Cocklemoor car park so that visitors to Langport with a plug-in vehicle can now recharge or ‘top up’ their vehicle while they shop or stop for a bite to eat and enjoy what this unique historic town and its independent shops and businesses have to offer.
The Charging Station is simple, robust and reliable and comprises a Mennekes Type 2 32-Amp 7kW connector, the European Standard for Electric Car Charging. Zero Carbon World has donated Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations to “go to” locations around the UK. Successful applicants also join ‘Zero:Net’ – the only unrestricted National Electric Car charging network in the country. Electric car drivers park in the designated parking bay and use their own charging cable to plug into the socket of the Charging Station.
Cara Naden from Transition Langport, volunteer trustee for Zero Carbon World and Vice Chair of Langport Town Council said: “With today’s critical issues regarding climate change and air pollution creating hazards to the health and well being of our communities, we need to do all we can to support the transition to clean, fossil free transport and the installation of renewable energy technologies. I am really proud of our community and of our local council who helped install our first community solar panels last year and supported the installation of the first Electric Car Charging Station for the town this year.”
Keith Wheaton-Green, South Somerset District Council said “We hope this will be the first of many and that we will eventually see charging points in every car park. To prove there is a demand, we hope good use is made of the charger at Langport.”
Transition Langport photo: from left to right – Jane Edge, Sue Rockcliffe, Lynn Glennister, Neil Hutchins, Tony Watkins (& electric car driver), Phil Edge, Cara Naden