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North East cities to get electric car charging stations after receiving £1.5 million grant

Design of the new electric car charging stations. Photo: The North East Combined Authority

Electric car charging stations will soon appear on roadsides in Sunderland and Newcastle after The North East Combined Authority (NECA) was awarded £1.5 million pounds from the government’s 'Go Ultra Low' fund.

Each filling station will have 6-8 rapid chargers which top up electric vehicles in 15-20 minutes - rather than the eight hours it takes for a standard charger. There will also be a cafe where drivers can wait for their cars to charge.

We are seeing more and more people switching to electric vehicles in the North East and we have done a huge amount to make this a practical and viable choice by installing charging points across the region.

These filling stations are the next generation of facilities we need to encourage more people to make the switch and choose a vehicle that will help reduce CO2 emissions and improve air quality.

– Cllr Nick Forbes, NECA's Regional Transport Portfolio Holder

The NECA made a bid to the Government's £40 million pound 'Go Ultra Low' scheme in October last year.

The scheme is designed to reward cities which have designed schemes to encourage people to consider switching to a plug-in car.