County Durham has bagged £1.25 million to install 100 charging points for electric vehicles (EVs).
The government has provided the region a share of its £20 million Local EV Infrastructure (LEVI) pilot, as County Durham has the lowest number of facilities in the UK.
Durham County Council has stated the region has only a 3.1% share of the UK’s charge points, compared with 42.5% in London and the Southeast.
Lead for climate change at the council, Mark Wilkes, stated: “This funding will enable us to increase EV infrastructure and help bridge that gap.”
Through LEVI, more than 1,000 chargers are set to be installed throughout the UK, with rural areas, on-street parking neighbourhoods and service station charging hubs set to benefit from new infrastructure.
Durham County Council is looking to hit net zero itself by 2030 and have the county hit that milestone by 2045.