West Yorkshire is doing its bit to improve air quality by announcing its rapid-charging network has gone live.
The £3 million project will see 88 rapid-charging points installed across the West Yorkshire region as part of the drive to improve air quality in the county.
Bradford is the location of the first chargepoint which is now live, situated in Vicar Lane.
To facilitate the installation of the charging network, West Yorkshire Combined Authority is collaborating with the local authorities of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield.
Funding of £2 million was secured from the government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and the Combined Authority and local authorities have joined forces to provide extra funding of £1.2 million for the scheme.
This means West Yorkshire will benefit from 88 of the 500 rapid charge vehicle charging points installed throughout England.
Councillor Manisha Kaushik, Deputy Chair of the Combined Authority’s Transport Committee, described the move as “an important step” in achieving the region’s aims.
“Around 500 diesel taxis and private hire cars are forecast to be converted to hybrid and pure electric vehicles as a result of us rolling out these chargepoints.
“Plus, the increased availability of rapid chargepoint locations will help counter ‘range anxiety’, which is currently discouraging people from switching to electric vehicles.
“Just recently, West Yorkshire Combined Authority and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership launched the Leeds City Region Climate Coalition as part of our commitment to tackle the global climate emergency.
“This scheme is an important step towards achieving our aims.”
The move towards rapid charging points is happening across the country; in London, the Mayor of London has launched 100 across the city to encourage the use of zero emission vehicles.
With the government wholly committed to net-zero emissions, and improving the air quality that people breathe, this news from Yorkshire is welcome.