A new electric car hire scheme is being introduced on the Isle of Wight today.
The two-seater battery powered Hire a Twizy vehicles have been funded by the council and are available to hire across the island. It's aimed at cutting carbon emissions.
It's been revealed that a charging point for electric cars - installed at a cost to taxpayers of 15 thousand pounds - has been used just four times in its first year of operation.
Despite that - and despite desperately low sales of electric cars - a further 300 thousand pounds of public funding has been announced today for a network of 49 more charging points across Kent. Is it a waste of money or a smart investment in a greener future?
John Ryall spoke to Eleanor McGrath from the Taxpayers' Alliance and Canterbury City Council chief executive Colin Carmichael.
Reading will receive several electric car charging points following a successful bid for Government funding.
The Department of Transport has announced that Reading Borough Council will receive a grant of £127,500 to help to pay for five charging sites.
The grant will cover 75% of the cost and the Council will provide the remaining 25% of the cost from sponsorship or Transport budgets.
The money includes:
- £112,500 to install three rapid charge points for electric vehicles. The chargers recover 80% of an electric vehicle's battery in 20-30 minutes, facilitating longer journeys.
- £15,000 to install two fast charge points which charge an electric vehicle in 3-4 hours.