COUNCIL bosses in South Tyneside are charging ahead with facilities for electric car drivers.
Work will begin in the New Year to install 20 rapid charge points at strategic locations across the borough.
The new machines will allow electric vehicles to be fully recharged in just 30 minutes, making longer journeys more viable.
The project is being funded with a £750,000 grant from the government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
The charging points will be installed by Siemens.
Coun Allan West, lead member for housing and transport at South Tyneside Council, said: “We’re committed to creating a low-carbon economy and encouraging the use of electric vehicles among residents and council employees.
“These new charging points will greatly expand our existing infrastructure of charging facilities.
“One of the main barriers to people using electric vehicles is ‘range anxiety’, so this new network of charging points will increase drivers’ confidence and make longer journeys much more practical.
“This is about preparing for the future and for the inevitable rise in the use of electric vehicles.”
The charge points will be installed in short stay locations in town centres as well as locations close to the strategic road network.