Electric car charging points to be installed at three hotels
Three hotels in Rutland will install electric car charging points by the end of the month as part of a network across the county.
It's part of an ambitious plan, led by community group Uppingham First to set up 20 such points.
The county, which relies heavily on tourism – said to be worth £90 million a year and employing 1,400 people – wants to make sure drivers of the limited-range electric vehicles are catered for.
The Falcon Hotel, in Uppingham, Greetham Valley Hotel and Golf Club and the Barnsdale Lodge Hotel on the shores of Rutland Water will be the first businesses to install the charging points.
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The scheme will attract 40 per cent Government funding towards the £3,000 cost of each point.
Public charging points, which will attract a 60 per cent Government grant, will be installed in the centre of Uppingham and Oakham before the end of the year.
Uppingham First secretary Ron Simpson said: "Future electric car visitors to the county will able to stay and dine in Rutland confident in the knowledge their vehicle can be recharged during their stay. Up until March 2013, this vehicle recharging will be offered at no cost to the visitor.
"A number of the county's pubs and visitor destinations have expressed interest in installing points once visits to the county by electric cars are evident.
"Thanks are due to the staff and management of Cenex, leaders of the East Midlands regional Plugged in Places project, for their support."