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More charging points in pipeline to cater for electric vehicles

More charging points could be made available across South West Wales in future to cater for an increase in the use of electric vehicles.

Electric car event

Swansea Council is exploring the concept of introducing more charging points in collaboration with its local authority, university and health board partners in Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot and Pembrokeshire.

Figures show about 80,000 plug-in electric cars are now registered in the UK - that's the seventh most in the world.

A Clean Air Roadshow organised by Swansea Council also took place in Castle Square on Saturday to showcase electric and hydrogen vehicle technology.

About 6,000 people visited the event, with many booking test drives in future. BMW, Renault, Tesla, Mitsubishi, KIA, Toyota, Audi, My Big Green Fleet and Riversimple were among the exhibitors.

Swansea Council and Swansea University electric cars were also on display, as well as a Sinclair C5 from the 1980s and live shows from Titan the friendly robot. 

Martin Nicholls, Director of Place at Swansea Council, said: "The Clean Air Roadshow was a great success, with many thousands of visitors coming along to Castle Square from across South Wales and beyond on the day to discover electric and hydrogen vehicle technology.

"With the profile of this type of technology being raised, it's important we explore how we can help in terms of ensuring the right infrastructure is in place to support it. That's why we're working closely alongside our local authority, university and health board partners across the region on a study that could see more electric vehicle charging points in place in future all the way from Neath Port Talbot and through the Swansea Bay City Region to Pembrokeshire.

"We support technology of this kind because it's sustainable and helps Swansea cut its carbon footprint as we look to become a greener, more environmentally aware city. We already have a number of electric vehicles in our council fleet, which are used by staff in departments including recycling and corporate building and property services. These numbers are due to grow over coming months.

"This builds on the work that's already on-going to promote and improve other forms of sustainable transport in Swansea, including cycling."

The Clean Air Roadshow also included displays from Chargemaster, who were available to show how electric vehicle charging technology works.

Representatives from Gower Power, Electric Nation, Friends of the Earth and Swansea Council's air pollution teams were also on hand, along with representatives from Sustrans, who were there to promote cycle to work schemes and the cycle networks available in Swansea.


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