A new scheme allowing the charging of electric vehicles on Tyneside has been launched by Transport Secretary Lord Adonis.
Forty charging points will be installed over the next few months under the NewcastleGateshead Advanced Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Programme.
Two charging posts have just been fitted at the head office car park of regional development agency One North East in Newcastle, with a further 29 posts to be installed at a later date by Newcastle City Council.
This pilot is the first phase of a comprehensive charging infrastructure across the North East, which is becoming established as a world-leading location for the development and demonstration of electric vehicles.
Lord Adonis said: "I want other regions to take their lead from the North East, who are addressing all aspects of the electric vehicle jigsaw, to make the electric car a real option for motorists.
"The UK can be a world leader in low carbon transport which is why the Government has already committed around £400 million of support to encourage development and uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles.
"This includes consumer incentives of £2,000-£5,000, support for charging infrastructure and demonstration programmes across the country, including here in the North East."
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