Worcester City Council's King Street car park is now the host of new electric vehicle (EV) charging points.

The move follows the success of 12 EV charging points already installed at St Martin’s Gate car park.

Residents living within one kilometre of any of the council's EV chargers will be eligible for a residential EV permit, which would allow them to park for free between 6pm and 8am whilst their vehicle charges overnight.


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The funding for these charging points stems from The On Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme, run by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles.

All charge points in Worcester City Council car parks are powered by green electricity from renewable sources.

Permits will be valid for both the newly installed chargers at King Street and the existing 22kW chargers at St Martin’s Gate car park, which will help those with electric vehicles who do not have access to off-street parking.

At all other times standard parking charges will apply.

Residents must remember that regular parking fees will apply outside of this overnight window.

The council will write to residents in the King Street area with more details about the scheme.

Councillor Zoe Cookson, vice chair of Worcester City Council’s Environment Committee, expressed her enthusiasm for the project saying: "Earlier in the year, the environment committee approved an EV Charging Strategy for Worcester and this project delivers on one of the aims of the strategy, to provide options for residents who cannot charge their electric vehicle at home.

"Our permit system will allow residents to charge their vehicles overnight without paying for parking and I would urge those eligible to apply for a free EV charging permit at www.worcester.gov.uk/evpermit."

Worcester City Council also aims to extend the network of charging points to Tallow Hill car park early next year.