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A seminar on Monday 20th September will give businesses the chance to find out about how they could host one of Peterborough’s new electric vehicle charging points.

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The seminar follows news that an East of England consortium, including Peterborough City Council and green charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) has been successful in an initial ‘expression of interest’ in being part of a £30 million ‘Plugged in Places’ initiative which will bring a network of recharging points for electric vehicles to the region.

Now the consortium has been asked to develop a detailed business case for a £5.4 million network of recharging points in the East. If successful, this will see Peterborough pioneer the latest developments in ultra-low carbon electric vehicles boosting the city’s Environment Capital aspirations.

Hugh Cripps, Chief executive of PECT, is calling for businesses to attend the seminar and support this ground-breaking scheme. “If chosen as one of the pilot projects, the East of England scheme would see around 500 charging points established in Peterborough, Bedford, Cambridge, Norwich, Ipswich, Luton, Thames Gateway and London Stansted airport within two years plus another 100 in the third year. The scheme will provide charging posts at public, private and on-street parking locations, leisure and retail sites and transport interchanges.

“As part of the detailed business plan we’re putting together we need to identify businesses that could host charging points and help us fast-track green infrastructure in Peterborough.

“There are a range of benefits for businesses who get involved in this scheme. For example attracting customers that drive electric vehicles, demonstrating their green credentials in a high profile way, the kudos of being on the cutting edge of environmental developments, not to mention being at the centre of Peterborough’s Environment Capital aspirations.”

The free seminar will be held at the Eco Innovation Centre in Peterborough’s City Centre between 11.30am and 12.30pm and will be led by Ian McDonald from Future Transport Systems.

The seminar will give businesses the chance to find out more about the electric vehicle charging posts and how purchasing electric vehicles could benefit them.

Places are limited so booking is essential. To find out more and book a place contact Nisa Tariq on 01733 311644 or email [email protected]

September 2010 - Peterborough UK Community Website

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