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