A Helston car park is among a number in Cornwall that will be getting 150 electric vehicle charging points installed in the coming months. 

It was confirmed after work was seen being carried out in the Trengrouse Way Extention Car Park, where metal poles have been installed - although the chargers themselves are yet to be added. 

Cornwall Council is continuing to work towards the shift towards greener energy, after the Government announced all newly manufactured cars will be electric from 2030. 

Falmouth Packet: The five charging points will be accessible at the back of the Trengrouse Way Extension Car Park The five charging points will be accessible at the back of the Trengrouse Way Extension Car Park (Image: Supplied)

Cornwall Council told the Packet: "Our Drive EV2 Project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, is bringing 150 new public access electric vehicle charge points to Cornwall Council-run car parks, increasing the total number of charge points across Cornwall to more than 480. 

"Trengrouse Way Extension Carpark in Helston is included in this project. We plan to install five charge points at this location and work has started on the site."

However, a completion date has yet to be confirmed. 

There is currently just one public area where electric vehicles can be charged in Helston. Tesco supermarket on Clodgey Lane has a Pod Point EV charging network in its car park which has two devices and four connectors available. 

Falmouth Packet: Electric vehicles are said to have become 'popular' of lateElectric vehicles are said to have become 'popular' of late (Image: Newsquest)

The use of electric vehicles has been said to have become ‘very popular’ in recent years, according to one local garage, with many drivers taking the plunge to purchase one after the announcement from the Government in November 2022 that all vehicles manufactured in the UK will be electric only from 2030, in a boost for zero-emission capability.

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The statement from the Government said: “Following extensive consultation with car manufacturers and sellers, the Prime Minister has confirmed that the UK will end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2023, ten years earlier than planned.

“However, we will allow the sale of hybrid cars that can drive a significant distance without emitting carbon until 2035.”

The Government also added: “While the sale of petrol and diesel engine cars will be banned, owners will still be able to use ICE (internal combustion engine) cars with currently no timeline or strategy in place to remove cars sold before the deadline from UK roads.”

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To support its plans Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak has confirmed a number of measures including:

  • £1.3 billion to accelerate the rollout of charge points for electric vehicles in homes, streets and on motorways across England, so people can more easily and conveniently charge their cars.
  • £582 million in grants for those buying zero or ultra-low-emission vehicles to make them cheaper and incentivise more people to make the transition.