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Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 23:10 GMT on Monday, June 10th, 2013.

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CUMBERNAULD’S eco-savvy electric car driving residents are now able to charge up their cars at a number of charging points throughout North Lanarkshire. 

After a grant of £85,000 from Transport Scotland, North Lanarkshire Council has announced that they have increased the number of public chargers across the local authority, to encourage people out of gas guzzlers and into electric vehicles. 

The 7kW chargers will be installed at a number of key points throughout North Lanarkshire, including Airdrie Road Car Park, Kilsyth; Bron Way Car Park, Cumbernauld; Muiryhall Street Car Park, Coatbridge; Elm Street Car Park, Motherwell; Wishaw Station Park and Ride; and, Bellshill Park and Ride.

The grant funding for the council initiative is part of the UK-wide Plugged in Places Scheme, managed by the UK Office of Low Emissions, and allows the council to build upon their existing charge points, available at Hallcraig Street Car Park in Airdrie, which opened last year, accompanied by a rapid charger at the transport depot on Bellshill Road, Viewpark - both of which are available for use by the public.

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"The use of electric vehicles is increasing gradually in the UK and local authorities need to be ready for this technology," Councillor James Coyle, Convener of the Planning and Transportation Committee said.

"So these new charge points will create a network across North Lanarkshire, allowing drivers to travel easily across the area and beyond.

"The council itself is already using a number of electric vehicles as part of our fleet, including pool cars for staff travelling between offices and a minibus to be used to transport pupils in Coatbridge.

"This is part of our strategy to reduce carbon emissions and achieve our air quality management targets."

Details of the charging points in North Lanarkshire will be registered with the National Charge Point Registry which provides information on all points in the UK. Owners of electric cars can use the charging points and pay for the electricity use through the national organisation, Charge Your Car Ltd.

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