New car charging points installed

A new network of charging points have been set up across Birmingham and Coventry, as the neighbouring cities participate in a trial aimed at encouraging motorists to use electric or hybrid vehicles.

The charge points have been installed under the CABLED (Coventry and Birmingham Low Emission Demonstrators) project - the country's largest ultra low carbon vehicles trial. E.ON has installed the charge points on behalf of the CABLED plan.

CABLED comprises of 13 organisations - including Arup, Aston University, Birmingham City Council, University of Birmingham, Coventry City Council, Coventry University, E.ON, Jaguar Landrover, LTI Vehicles, Micro Cab, Mitsubishi Motors, Smart and Tata.

These organisations are helping in the development of a total of 110 road-worthy vehicles, which will be tested by drivers in the cities over the next 12 months.

Charles Bradshaw-Smith, of E.ON, said: "Coventry and Birmingham were the birthplace of the British car industry and it's great that these two cities are now leading the way in bringing low-carbon motoring to our streets. Electric cars are perfect for commutes to work and for shopping trips to town - and we're proud to help make eco-driving even easier by being the energy behind these charging points."

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