ELECTRIC vehicle charge points are being installed in seven council car parks over the coming weeks in the Taunton and West Somerset areas.

Work has started today (Friday, January 7) on putting in the latest batch of EV charge points in the Somerset West and Taunton Council-owned car parks.

Motorists are being warned of potential "disruption" at the car parks in:

  • North Road, Minehead;
  • Porlock Central;
  • Wood Street and Castle Street, in Taunton;
  • North Street, Wellington;
  • Williton Central;
  • and North Street, Wiveliscombe.

The council last autumn won a £136,000 grant under the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme, administered by the Energy Savings Trust on behalf of the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles. The cash covers up to three-quarters of capital costs.

The project will see 22kW fast charging points installed to supplement those already in place at Deane House and Blackbrook Sports Centre, in Taunton; Exmoor House, in Dulverton; and Alexandra Road, in Minehead.

It will mean that residents without off-street parking are no longer constrained in their transition towards zero-emission vehicles.

The roll-out of EV charging infrastructure is a key action in SWT's Carbon Neutrality and Climate Resilience Action Plan to reduce carbon emissions across the district.

The council is committed to carbon neutrality across the district by 2030.

READ MORE: Council wins £136,000 grant for electric vehicle charge points in car parks.