New electric vehicle charging points across Test Valley are to be completely free to use as an introductory offer for those with electric vehicles.
The new charge points are being part-funded by a Government grant from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles. They are being put in place at different Test Valley Borough Council car parks in Andover and Romsey, with 18 in total to be installed by Joju Solar, working in partnership with Vattenfall UK. Until 12 March, the charge points will be free to use, with signs being put in place to notify users.
Drivers simply need to plug in and their vehicle will begin charging, with no need to use the app or provide payment.
Four machines are currently available in the Chantry Centre car park, with two machines also at the Alma Road car park in Romsey. Two additional charging points can also be accessed in the town, at Lortemore Place.
The further ten machines will also be free to use in the new year once their installation has been completed.
Transport portfolio holder and deputy leader of Test Valley Borough Council, councillor Nick Adams-King, said: “I’m really pleased that this offer is available to help encourage drivers to consider using a more environmentally-friendly form of transport.
“Being able to provide free electric charging points into the spring is a fantastic step and hopefully will also encourage drivers of these vehicles to visit our town centres in Andover and Romsey.
“Signs will be put up at the locations and as soon as the other charging points are completed, these new destinations will also benefit. Drivers simply need to just plug in and go!”