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17/8/2011'Councillor Stephen Holmes and the first electric car charging point in Hemel Hempstead.

17/8/2011'Councillor Stephen Holmes and the first electric car charging point in Hemel Hempstead.

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THE first electric car charging point in Dacorum has appeared.

The technology has been installed at the Maylands Business Centre in Hemel Hempstead.

Owners of eco cars will now be able to charge them up in little over half an hour.

The charging point has been put in by a partnership including Dacorum Borough Council, Herts County Council and Evalu8 Transport Innovations – and more are planned.

Stephen Holmes, cabinet chief for planning and regeneration at the borough council, said: “This is a really positive step forward for the borough.

“By embracing innovation, we are laying the infrastructural foundations for the future of travel in the area.”

The point – which two cars can use at once – will become part of ‘Source East’, a planned network of 1,200 points across the region by 2013.

Electric car drivers who join the network will never be more than 25 miles away from a recharging point while driving in the Eastern region.

To charge up at the point drivers must register at www.sourceeast.net, after which they can recharge their vehicles for free at any of the Source East points for two years.

Stuart Pile, cabinet chief for highways and transport at the county council, said: “Promoting sustainable transport and reducing carbon emissions are important to us and we hope there will be a lot of interest in this free service.”

The borough council is keen to promote sustainable travel and is working to improve walking and cycle networks and public transport.