Derbyshire County Council is trying to secure funding to improve the availability of charging points for electric vehicles in the area.
The council is bidding for a total of around £240,000 to introduce 22 electric charging points at six sites in the Derbyshire Dales District Council and High Peak Borough Council areas.
The proposed sites are:
• Ashbourne – Shawcroft car park
• Bakewell – New Street
• Buxton – Victoria Park Road
• Chapel-en-le-Frith – Anchor Fold
• Glossop – Edward Street
• Matlock – Edgefold Road
To charge up, motorists would need to register and would be issued with a smartcard which is then swiped against a machine to unlock the electricity supply. Typically it takes around three hours to fully charge a car and costs around £3.50.
Councillor Tony King, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration, said: “If our bid is successful, we hope this will encourage local residents to switch to electric vehicles, benefitting themselves through reduced motoring costs such as fuel and road tax, plus it will help to improve local air quality.
“The sites have been chosen because they are close to residential areas where there is limited on-street parking and are within or very close to the Peak District which is popular with visitors, who will also be able to use them.
“We also considered sites in other areas but at this early stage of the project they were either too costly to set up or would have been unable to feed in to appropriate electricity supplies.
“However, we hope that as this scheme gains momentum we may be able to bid for further money to introduce electric vehicle charging points in other parts of Derbyshire.
Councillor King added: “In line with the council’s ambition to achieve zero CO2 emissions throughout the whole of Derbyshire by 2050 this proposed scheme also demonstrates our commitment to climate change and reducing our carbon footprint.”
The council should learn if its bid has been successful by the end of the year (2019), with charging points up and running by March 2020.
The scheme would be at no cost to the council. If its bid is successful 75 per cent of the funding would be provided by the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles, matched by 25 per cent from electric vehicle charging point company BP Chargemaster.