Thirty-two new charge points have been installed at intu Victoria Centre as part of Nottingham City Council’s Go Ultra Low project. The project, which aims to support more people to switch to greener vehicles, has now installed 362 charge points across Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby and Derbyshire since 2016 as part of the D2N2 network.
Anyone is welcome to use these charge points to charge their car, with 24 available via the Glasshouse Street and York Street car park entrances and a further eight via the Huntingdon Street entrance. The charge points, which is Nottingham’s largest number in a single public location to date, are well signposted within the car park and easy to find.
Nigel Wheatley, centre director at intu Victoria Centre said, “Electric vehicle charging is great news for our visitors, allowing them to charge their cars while visiting the centre to shop or eat. Nottingham City Council has helped us dramatically increase the number of bays we are able to offer for charging, helping us to future proof our car park as more people switch to cleaner cars. It forms an integral part of our multi-million pound car park upgrade scheme, which also includes improved lighting, paintwork, new surfacing and a new Tap and Go payment system.”
Councillor Sally Longford, deputy leader of Nottingham City Council and portfolio holder for Energy and Environment said, “This is a great step for the project, with more and more charge points publicly available, people are able to charge up whenever they need. This works to reduce range anxiety, a major barrier for some when it comes to making the switch to an electric vehicle.
“Offering charge points at desirable, destination locations such as the intu Victoria Centre is a fantastic opportunity to help people change the way they view ‘fuelling’ their cars. Instead of an additional visit to the petrol station, people can top-up their vehicle while going about their day, and enjoying Nottingham’s fantastic retail offer.
“This in turn helps to encourage clean, green vehicles into the heart of the city, and as EV ownership increases, this will only help to improve the quality of the air quality, and develop our ambition to become a net-zero carbon city by 2028.”
Stephen Kitsios, member of the Nottingham EV Owner’s Club says “intu Victoria Centre’s charge points are well signposted, well-lit and in a well designated area with good sized spaces. It’s great to see more and more charge points being installed. The ones at intu Victoria Centre are great and can be used whilst shopping or visiting the city.”