HARTLEPOOL has become the first place in the country to get an electric car charging point based at an innovation centre.
Bosses at UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE) proudly unveiled the new addition yesterday at Hub Two, the recently opened £4.7m extension to UKSE’s Innovation Centre on the Queens Meadow Business Park.
And to test it out, UKSE’s umbrella company the Tata Group showcased its new electric car, the Tata Indica Vista EV, which has never before been seen in the region.
A full charge from an empty battery takes around eight hours, and the new charging point is available to businesses within Hub Two.
UKSE managing director Stuart Green said: “We are all about helping small and medium-sized businesses and we are reacting to the market so that businesses can succeed in a difficult world.
“We build centres like Hub Two and invest in them so that we can help with jobs growth. This is an example of that coming together.”
Chris Wilson, a consultant with the Energy Maintenance Company which installed the charging point, said: “The aim at the moment is to try and get a UK-wide network and if companies see UKSE supporting it, other companies will join in.”
Tony Miles, the sales operations manager for Tata Motors European Technical Centre, said: “We shall be starting volume production of the car in the West Midlands soon.”