Dundee Set to Trial Pop-up Electric Car Chargers
The initiative will see around 18 charging hubs set up in residential and public streets with on-street parking.
Dundee is to be one of two places in the UK to trial pop-up electric car charging points which are to be built into the pavement.
Each hub will use between three to six chargers and, when not in use, will be lowered into the pavement. The scheme is designed specifically to offer charging points to drivers without access to off-street parking.
The electric car chargers are part of a £3 million UK government-funded scheme and will be installed in Plymouth and Dundee over the next year. Separate projects launched by the Department for Transport will see a total investment of £37 million spread over 12 projects.
Around 18 charging hubs will be set up in residential and public streets with on-street parking. They also include developments in wireless charging and solar-powered forecourts.
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The availability of charging points has been acknowledged as a significant barrier to those looking to purchase an electric car. Part of the challenge in building an electric car is maximising the energy available from the battery pack, to give the best compromise between range and performance, as well as maximising battery life.
Sales of plug-in hybrid vehicles slumped by 50.4% in June, compared with the same month last year, after the Government scrapped a £2,500 grant. It has also reduced the subsidy for pure electric cars from £4,500 to £3,500.
New UK car registrations for battery-electric cars rose by 61.7% to 2,461 last month compared to June 2018, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).