RESIDENTS of Kendal who are considering switching to an electric vehicle now have the option to charge up in a public car park.

Two new fast-charging points have been installed at Peppercorn Lane car park by Charge my Street and South Lakeland District Council.

The chargepoints will be officially launched on Tuesday, the 6th December, at 2pm by the Director of Charge My Street, Daniel Heery, and the Councillor Dyan Jones, of South Lakeland District Council's Portfolio Holder for Climate Action and Biodiversity.

The launch event at Peppercorn Lane Car Park will celebrate the final Scaling On-Street Charging Infrastructure Project installations going live.

The project installed over 200 community charge points across the North of England. 

Two further chargepoints are awaiting to be commissioned in Kendal at South Lakeland House multi-storey car park & Stricklandgate House, Library Road. 

Daniel Heery said: "We’re hoping for a great turnout. Launch events are a fantastic way of learning more about electric vehicle charging, EVs and plans and what the future holds for Charge My Street.

"The SOSCI Project partners, including representatives from South Lakeland District Council members, as well as Charge My Street staff, will be there to answer any questions about the project.

"Lloyd South Lakes MINI will be showcasing an electric vehicle at the launch, allowing members of the public to learn about electric vehicles.”

Councillor Jones said: "It’s fantastic to see the first charge points in SLDC car parks go live this winter. We’re committed to providing electric vehicle infrastructure in our district to enable a transition to a low-carbon transport economy and this project will greatly increase charging availability in our towns.

"There is a tremendous amount of work to be done to ensure that the number of EV charging points matches the growing need if we are to significantly reduce emissions from transport to make a meaningful contribution to tackling climate change – and this is a great first step in the right direction."