Electric car charge points a positive boost for Kirklees’ accommodation providers

A electric car charging point is in the foreground, attached to a wooden fence post. A cable joins a car and the point. In the background is some green grass, then a couple of canal boats

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Have you got an electric car? Do you want to holiday in some fantastic settings, with jaw dropping scenery and the friendliest of folk, but are worried about where to charge your car up? Then worry no more, now that thirteen local accommodation providers here in Kirklees have taken steps to boost the number of guests arriving in electric vehicles through a new initiative offering the supply and installation of vehicle charge points for free.

The local businesses got their charge points thanks to £30,000 made available for the project from West Yorkshire Combined Authority. The electric vehicles charger units have been provided free of charge by the charity Zero Carbon World and Kirklees Council used the grant to fund the installation costs.

The first unit installed as part of the project in Kirklees is at the Central Lodge Hotel in Huddersfield, for use by visitors and guests.

This is an excellent addition to our facilities and a forward thinking idea. We are grateful to the local Council and the installers for what we hope one day will be offered by all accommodation providers.” – Joe Marsden, owner of the Central Lodge Hotel

Holme Valley Camping and Caravan site has also benefited from the scheme.

We were really pleased with the whole process and our new free chargepoint. Installing an EV chargepoint was really easy too. Our amenities block has already won an award for its green credentials and this is a perfect addition. We now hope this will attract more tourists to our fantastic caravan and camping park as we now offer a truly green holiday.”  – Ben from Holme Valley Camping and Caravan site

Kirklees Council is encouraging the uptake of Electric Vehicles as they do not produce any exhaust gases, which reduce local air quality problems. It is estimated there are 29,000 premature deaths a year in England due to poor air quality. West Yorkshire is one of the areas identified as having poor local air quality, mainly caused by traffic.

With one million electric cars predicted to be on the road by 2020, embracing this technology is a really positive move by local businesses. It reduces their environmental impact, and takes early advantage of a growing industry.” – Paul Bailey, Kirklees Council’s Pollution and Noise Control Officer

The following Kirklees-based businesses participated in the scheme and have benefited from free electric vehicle charge points:

Kirklees Council has worked with Calderdale and Bradford Councils on the project to increase the number of electric vehicles in West Yorkshire.

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