Charging point trial for electric cars ‘underwhelming’ as points barely used

Charging point trial for electric cars ‘underwhelming’ as points barely used

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Charging point trial for electric cars ‘underwhelming’ as points barely used

The future of electric car charging points in the Royal Borough could be revisited after an underwhelming trial in the Hines Meadow car park.

Two charge points were installed in the Maidenhead town centre car park about 15 months ago but council data indicates there has been barely any use from electric car users.

But at a sustainability panel meeting last week, councillors were presented with options for a new way of thinking about promoting greener driving in the borough.

The panel heard a presentation from industry experts Actemium, which suggested a range of products, schemes and payment options which could cater for charge point demand.

It includes the possibility of setting up a partnership with green energy company Ecotricity if suitable locations can be agreed upon.

Panel chairman Cllr David Coppinger (Con, Bray), speaking after the meeting, said the council had been left 'very disappointed' by the take up in Hines Meadow and added: "What's obvious to me now is that they are in the wrong place."

He added charge points would be put to better use if they were targeted at people passing through or visiting the borough so they can top-up on their energy supply.

Cllr Coppinger admitted finding the right location could prove a challenge, but suggested it could be an option for tourists visiting Windsor.

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