Mid Devon Council super-charges green credentials

Mid Devon District Council is pioneering when it comes to using technology to save the environment. So when the local authority decided to investigate how it could create a network of rapid charging points to encourage the use of electric vehicles, it turned to InstaVolt, the best in the business.

The council appointed InstaVolt to install rapid electric vehicle charging points across the region, to be used by both commercial and domestic vehicles.

The air quality improving project has seen InstaVolt work to install eight rapid chargers in the first phase of work, giving drivers the ability to charge their electric vehicles up to 80 per cent in just 30 minutes. Unlike many other charging points, which can only be used through a subscription, those installed by InstaVolt are accessible to anyone on a pay-as-you-go basis.

The move is the latest in a series of measures being taken by the council to improve air quality and drive down carbon emissions in the area. Mid Devon District Council is leading the way in its green initiatives, using electricity and heating saving measures across several of its buildings as well as installing renewable technologies. A recent report has also shown the region achieved the highest increase in recycling rates in the entire county during 2015/16.

Councillor Ray Stanley, Cabinet Member for Housing at Mid Devon District Council, said: “We are committed to making Mid Devon an even better place to live, work and visit and the environment plays a big part in this. Creating the right infrastructure will help us to embrace the use of electric vehicles locally and improve air quality across the region.”

In addition to the benefits to the environment, Mid Devon Council will also receive a financial boost from the installation of the rapid charging points. It will receive an income from InstaVolt for the next 30 years, which could be invested into further green measures or other local benefits.