Electric cars can now be recharged in 30 minutes at Crawley Town Hall.
A council spokesman said the upgraded port off Exchange Road, Northgate, was installed as part of a regional network. It will no longer be free-of-charge.
She said: “The new charging point is part of a new electric car charging network for the South East; delivered by the Energise Network, the scheme is set to see publicly accessible charging points in more than 150 locations across Sussex, Surrey and Kent by the end of the year.
“Crawley’s existing, slower charge points take around four hours to fully charge and are available to use free of charge, and are ideal if you’re coming into Town for the day on business or leisure. Energise Network will levey a fee for using the rapid charge points to cover their maintenance although this will be significantly cheaper than a tank of petrol or diesel.”
Colin Lloyd, Crawley Borough Council cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, said: “The lack of a proper network of charging points and the length of time cars took to charge was putting off environmentally and economically savvy drivers.
“This should make owning an electric vehicle far more attractive.”
The council currently has two charge points which are both located at the Town Hall.
The Energise Network has been developed through Government grant funding under the Office of Low Emission Vehicles.
Crawley’s point is one of just 25 rapid chargers in the South East which will join a network of 75 fast chargers.
A council spokesman said: “The move means electric vehicle drivers will be able to travel freely across the UK and beyond without having to worry about range issues, with rapid chargers meaning there’s just enough time for a quick coffee before carrying on with a journey.”
Other charging point locations in the region include Midhurst (SDNPA), Hastings, Brighton, Storrington, Billingshurst, Chichester, Lewes, Reigate Hill (M25), Eurotunnel, Newhaven, Sandwich (Discovery Park), Dartford, Greenwich, Frimley (Park Hospital), Guildford plus Southern Rail stations and Kent CC car parks.
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