The first of 124 electric vehicle charging connections to be sited across the Liverpool City Region and West Cheshire has been unveiled at Seacombe Ferry Terminal during Low Carbon and Renewables Week at the International Festival for Business.
The publicly available Recharge network of initially free to use charging connections, will soon become a familiar sight at locations throughout the area, including key railway Park and Ride sites.
The Government funded project aims to help reduce emissions from transport in both Carbon and Air Quality and to promote a cleaner, low emission transport system. It is hoped that widely available public charging will encourage more people to consider buying an electric car.
Councillor Liam Robinson, Chair of Merseytravel said:
"The uptake of electric vehicles by both people and businesses is set to increase in the coming years and this project may help to speed up that process, with all of the associated advantages it will bring for the environment and our economy."
The bid, to the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) Electric Charging Infrastructure Grant Fund, was led by Merseytravel on behalf of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens, Wirral and Cheshire West and Chester Councils. It will help to promote a cleaner, low emission transport system connecting private travel with public transport and support wider use of sustainable travel options.
The International Festival of Business Low Carbon & Renewables Week explores how in every sector of the economy UK businesses are developing and deploying world-class solutions to energy and resource efficiency.
Further information on the Recharge network www.merseytravel.gov.uk/recharge