Nottinghamshire solar spot to charge 100 electric cars a day, Electric Vehicle News Bitesize
Nottinghamshire solar spot to charge 100 electric cars a day, Electric Vehicle News Bitesize

Nottinghamshire solar spot to charge 100 electric cars a day.

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A new solar hub can charge up to 100 electric vehicles a day, according to the agency behind it.

The centre will open in the car park of the Gamston Community Centre in Nottinghamshire.

Rushcliffe Borough Council said the facility is part of its carbon management plan and will run primarily on natural light over time.

Electric and hybrid vehicle users can charge their cars up to 80% in 30 minutes.

The authority said the facility would complement the council’s network of venues at Rushcliffe Arena in Keyworth, Radcliffe-upon-Trent, Cotgrave and West Bridgeford.

Community and Climate Change Council portfolio manager Abby Brennan said: “Charging stations are an integral part of what we do…helping reduce the environmental impact of our operations.”

“As a community, we are committed to installing more electric vehicle charging stations throughout the county.”

This will further encourage the use of electric or hybrid vehicles as the infrastructure to support them becomes more accessible to residents.

The agency was able to obtain the site near the A52 as part of the government’s Transforming Cities Fund.

Council Environment and Safety Portfolio manager Rob Inglis said: “We are delighted to once again bring more public charging stations to Rushcliffe by deploying this new solar facility in Gamston, just metres from one of our main thoroughfares.

“This infrastructure will continue to support residents to make the switch to greener transport and complement our existing sites with more to come later this year.”

The Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) was a £2.45 billion capital grants transport fund that aimed to boost productivity by investing in public and sustainable transport infrastructure in some of England’s largest urban areas.

Aims of the Fund for Nottinghamshire

Improving access to good jobs within English cities and encouraging an increase in journeys made by low-carbon and sustainable modes of transport are key objectives of the TCF.

The TCF also aimed to support the following wider cross-cutting priorities:

tackling air pollution

delivering more homes

delivering apprenticeships and improving skills investments

encouraging the use of new mobility systems and technology as part of the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge established in the Industrial Strategy

The original call for proposals and application guidance for shortlisted cities are available on the National Archives.

Available Funding

Around half of the TCF (£1.08 billion) was allocated to 6 Mayoral Combined Authorities (MCAs) on a per capita and devolved basis. View the funding allocations awarded to MCAs.

Future Transport Zone Nottinghamshire

At Budget 2018, an additional £90 million was announced for Future Transport Zones (originally known as Future Mobility Zones), which was used to trial new transport modes, services, and digital payments and ticketing.

In Tranche 1 of the TCF, 30 projects from 10 shortlisted English city regions were awarded £60 million in funding. Learn more about Tranche 1 and view the funding allocations.

In Tranche 2 of TCF, 12 shortlisted cities had the opportunity to bid for a share of £1.22 billion of funding. Learn more about Tranche 2 and view the funding allocations.

All TCF funding has now been awarded.

2017: TCF launched at Autumn Budget

2018: expansion of TCF and launch of Future Transport Zones funding announced in the Budget 2018; MCAs allocated initial awards.

2019: Tranche 1 awarded and funding for MCAs extended

March to December 2020: phased award of Tranche 2 cities

March 2023: planned completion of TCF schemes

Evaluation

An independent contractor evaluated the TCF programme. Outputs included a series of focused case studies. The first of these examined the ‘co-development’ approach to funding under Tranche 2. A government response is published alongside it.

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