Installation of Charging Points for Electric Vehicles Now Complete

Published: Wednesday, 19 May 2021

The rollout of 100% renewable energy electric vehicle charge points across the borough began in March 2021, as part of Oadby and Wigston Borough Council’s commitment to cut carbon emissions.

With the support from the Energy Saving Trust, the Council obtained 75% of the cost of the £100k project from the Government’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles. A further 15% has been contributed by Electric Blue (EB Charging).

The installation works, undertaken by EB Charging, are now complete at all three of the selected sites in the borough. From today, residents and visitors in Oadby and Wigston will be able to use the charge points.

To use the points motorists will simply need to download the Electric Blue Payment App on their smartphone. The app is available through Google Play and the Apple App Store.

There is a helpful user guide and some frequently asked questions available on our website here: https://www.oadby-wigston.gov.uk/pages/electric_vehicle_charge_points to assist people with using the chargers.

In total, there are 15 dual charging points, each of which can be used by up to two vehicles at a time, spread across three prime locations in the borough. The locations are Wigston Leisure Centre, Wigston, Aylestone Lane Car Park, Wigston and East Street Car Park, Oadby. Now that the installation process is complete, EB Charging will continue to maintain and operate the charge points.

Chair of the Environment Working Group and Oadby and Wigston Councillor, David Carter said:

“The completion of this project is a great achievement for our borough and an essential part of helping our residents move away from petrol and diesel cars to tackle the issues of air pollution and the climate emergency.

The locations of the new charge points were selected to also benefit residents who do not have private driveways but wish to move to owning an electric vehicle.

We hope that the work that has been done in partnership with EB Charging to provide these charge points encourages residents and hopefully even visitors to switch to more sustainable methods of transport.”

EB Charging’s Chief Executive Officer Dan O’Hara said:

“EB Charging has been working closely with Oadby & Wigston Council over the past few months to install 15 new electric vehicle chargers throughout the district.

Today, we are pleased to reveal that the final set of four Alfen Fast chargers are now fully installed and working at East Street Car Park, Oadby, part of a total of 15 being installed this spring.

With more journeys expected as Government lockdown guidelines ease, this is a great opportunity for drivers across Oadby & Wigston to access more electric vehicle charging points.”