Video: Lewes gets its first electric vehicle charge point

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Lewes MP Norman Baker has officially opened the town’s first public access electric vehicle charge point.

The Transport Minister launched the growing regional electric vehicle network for the South East of England - eV South East.

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It took place at Lewes Railway Station car park, which hosted The Sustainable Travel eVent on Friday June 14.

eV South East (Network Partnership) is developing a region-wide eV chain by connecting up existing and future public charge points across Sussex, Kent and Surrey.

In addition eV South East will link across to other networks (London, Hampshire and Europe) to enable business and private eV users to commute, do business or simply travel further and easier by eV.

The event, supported by Sussex-air, eV South East, Southern Rail and Lewes District Council, featured the latest eV modes of transport for private, commuting, tourism and business use.

Combined with home, work and commuter hubs (like train stations) eV charging can save users pounds on fuel plus improve the local environment through zero emissions of pollution and carbon.

The leader of Lewes District Council, cllr James Page, said: “The council is supportive of low emission vehicles to improve air quality.

“Working in partnership with others provides the opportunity to expand the electric vehicle network.”

Southern Railway’s environmental manager, Sandra Norval, said: “We are delighted that Lewes Station is the site of the first ever public eV charging point in Lewes.

“We are encouraging people to travel to and from our stations in a more sustainable way and this will help us to achieve our goal.”