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DARLINGTON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL LEADS THE CHARGE FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES

OWNERS of electric vehicles can now plug in and charge up at Darlington Memorial Hospital after County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust installed new charging points in the car park.

 

Up to four vehicles at a time can use the two 7KW charging points installed there as part of the North East Charge your Car project. The project has provided funding to support the installation of charging posts in car parks, on streets, at residential and commercial locations after the region was named as one of three areas to put in place a comprehensive Electric Vehicle infrastructure.

 

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust spent £250,000 improving and extending car parking facilities at Darlington Memorial Hospital in 2010, and the addition of the electric vehicle charging points will help encourage people to use sustainable forms of transport.

 

Bill Headley, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust's Director of Estates and Facilities, said, "With the North East leading the charge in the UK in terms of the development of electric vehicles, it is obviously important that there are enough facilities available to keep people moving in the region.

 

"We all have a part to play in protecting the environment and the installation of these car-charging points forms part of the Trust's work in encouraging sustainability. The points are available for anyone to use, 24 hours a day and having them here now is in many ways future-proofing the site, as sales of electric vehicles are predicted to rise sharply in coming years."

 

The North East Charge Your Car programme has already been responsible for installing over 850 charge points at homes, workplaces and in public locations across the North East making the region the most connected EV network in the UK.

 

Josey Wardle, Project Manager at the North East Charge Your Car programme, said, "The prime objective of the project is to ensure that drivers are never too far away from a charging post.  The network now stretches from Berwick to Redcar and from South Tyneside to Hexham with a range of places in between.

 

"These new facilities at Darlington Memorial Hospital are an important part of the network as more people turn to electric vehicles. With the number of electric vehicles growing and new models being introduced to the market, it is fantastic that partners such as County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust are able to offer charging infrastructure to their visitors."

 

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest integrated care providers in England, serving a population of around 600,000 people across County Durham, Darlington, North Yorkshire, the Tees Valley and South Tyneside. The Trust brings together hospital, community services and health and wellbeing services to provide high quality and seamless care for patients.

 

A full list of the North East England electric vehicle charge points and access to the Charge your Car membership is available at www.chargeyourcar.org.uk

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