Shopping centre plugged in

A RETAIL park has today become the latest venue for a charging point for electric cars.

Dalton Park, off the A19 near Peterlee, is now part of the electric-vehicle (EV) charging network.

The North-East was chosen by the Government as one of the first three areas to put in place a comprehensive charging infrastructure.

Jerry Hatch, centre director at Dalton Park, said: “With over 22,000 car visits each week, we can expect a significant increase in the use of electric vehicles over the next two years and we want to be well placed to offer customers anxiety-free car charging facilities.”

The 50kw stations can recharge cars such as the Nissan LEAF and Mitsubishi i-MiEV to up to 80 per cent of their capacity in 20 to 30 minutes.

The North-East project is part of the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) Plugged-in-Places initiative, supported by Regional Development Agency One North East.

One North East has procured 12 quick chargers, two of which are already allocated to the MetroCentre and Dalton Park. The remaining 10 will be placed in strategic locations around the region.