West Yorkshire EV scheme dubbed a success


Over the last two years, a scheme has installed 75 electric vehicle (EV) charge points across West Yorkshire. The initiative is now being applauded, having saved approximately 21,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from harming the environment.

In 2019, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority was awarded around £2 million from the UK’s Government Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) to provide a network of charging units and to entice drivers in the area to trade in their diesel and petrol cars and go electric.

From local authorities to local enterprises, those in need of electrical installations in Chester, Yorkshire and other UK must only hire qualified professionals. Faulty installations can be extremely dangerous, and can also fail to maximise their potential. When electrical equipment works ineffectively, it can cost far more to run.

During years one and two of the scheme, the charge points fitted around the region offered charging completely free as an added incentive. This amounted to over nine million miles given freely to 10,000 registered EV owners in West Yorkshire.

Now, data recently revealed by the Department for Transport has indicated that since the EV initiative was launched, the purchase of full-electric vehicles in the county has increased by 189 per cent. Excluding the UK capital, West Yorkshire also boasts the largest number of rapid charge units throughout the country. This evidence suggests that the scheme has effectively raised awareness of electric-powered cars and promoted their purchase.

The EV charging facilities will remain free to use until November this year.

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