A firm generating electricity from wind farms off the Whitstable and Herne Bay coast will install 12 electric vehicle (EV) charging points across the district after winning a contract from Canterbury City Council.

Swedish company Vattenfall, which operates the Kentish Flats and Kentish Flats Extension wind farms, agreed a deal with the council in December.

Working with leading experts BMM Energy Solutions, Vattenfall will start installation of their InCharge technology in a number of city centre car parks this month.

Cllr Simon Cook, Leader of Canterbury City Council and Chairman of its Policy and Resources Committee, said: “The installation of these first EV charging points is an important first step in the journey to provide the infrastructure that will deliver cleaner air for the district.

“They were one of a raft of measures contained in the Air Quality Action Plan approved by councillors at the end of last year.

“The plan signalled our determination that the council should do everything it can to improve air quality in those areas under its direct control while working with others to encourage them to do the same.

“Our partnership with Vattenfall means motorists driving cleaner and greener electric cars will find life that little bit easier while being powered by renewable energy.”

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