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New electric vehicle charging points to power up Newport

Electric car owners in Newport can now benefit from an increase in the number of charging points available in the city.

Eighteen dual fast chargers and two rapid chargers have been installed across the following eight public car parks:

  • Belle Vue Park
  • Faulkner Road
  • Hill Street
  • Maindee
  • Mill Parade
  • Riverfront
  • Rogerstone train station
  • Stow Hill

The points have been installed under a Gwent-wide project using funding provided by the participating local authorities and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles. In Newport, Welsh Government has match-funded installations via the local transport network fund.

The charging points have been installed and will be managed by Silverstone Green Energy under the Dragon Charging scheme, with payment by way of an RFID card or through the mobile phone app.

Councillor Deb Davies, cabinet member for sustainable development, said “Newport City Council is committed to making our city greener, not only through our work to become a carbon neutral organisation by 2030, but also by undertaking green infrastructure initiatives such as this.

“We’re delighted that this work has trebled the number of charging points available to residents and visitors, and we hope it will encourage more drivers in the city to choose greener vehicles.”

Councillor Roger Jeavons, deputy council leader and cabinet member for city services, said: “I’m very pleased that we have been able to significantly increase the availability of electric charging points in our car parks thanks to the funding from the Welsh Government. This is another step towards our wider ambitions of creating a healthier and greener environment.”