Owners of electric vehicles will soon be able to recharge them in the car park of one Chronicle Country town.
Shefford Town Council has been in discussions with Central Beds Council about the new charging point at the Duck Lane car park.
The town council will fund the installation of the point with grants from the government and from Central Beds Council, so there will be no cost to residents – other than those who use it.
Once it is up and running motorists will pay for the charging and proceeds will be used by the town council to pay for the electricity and insurance costs.
Shefford mayor Councillor Paul Mackin said: “We accept that there are not a huge number of electric vehicles in use now.
“However numbers will only increase as time goes on and technology develops and this is something we would like to offer the community in future.
“As a progressive and still growing community we feel that it is to the advantage of the town that we keep up to date with such technology.”
The installation date is still to be confirmed but when the charging point is in place there will be a launch event in the car park.
Mr Mackin hopes that there will be an electric vehicle that the council can use to demonstrate how the charging point operates.
A spokesman for Central Beds Council said: ““We’re planning to install an electric vehicle charging point at the Old Station Way car park as part of the approved Local Area Transport Plan for Shefford and we are working closely with Shefford Town Council on this.
“We consulted on the Transport Plan and the suggestion of a charging point a while ago, but installation itself is a little way off.
She added: “When it’s installed, it will be an exciting step forward in promoting the uptake of low emission vehicles as part of our plan to improve sustainable transport in Central Bedfordshire.”
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