Electric reception as charging points officially opened in Oswestry

Drivers with electric vehicles can now charge in Oswestry town centre.

Oswestry mayor Duncan Kerr switched on the council's first electric charging points
Oswestry mayor Duncan Kerr switched on the council's first electric charging points

Two machines have been installed in the Central Car Park, which belongs to Oswestry Town Council.

The new rapid charging points are run by company InstaVolt and cost 35p per kWh to use.

There is no connection fee and no monthly membership fee, however, motorists using them will need to pay for car parking.

Oswestry Mayor, Councillor Duncan Kerr, officially switched on the charging points and said he was delighted the council was being forward thinking.

"We are preparing Oswestry for the future," he said.

"There are an increasing number of electrical vehicles on the roads and it is fabulous that motorists can now charge them in the town centre.

"It is a great vision by councillors to bring this in."

He said having the charging points on the Central car park could have a positive impact on the town.

"Oswestry is in a very strategic location, on the A5 and the A483, and is a great stopping off point for those travelling to and from Wales," he said.

"People can plan their journeys knowing they can quite literally recharge their batteries in the town, maybe do some shopping or have a spot of lunch in one of our cafes.

"In the future I would also like recharging stations for electric bikes, even places where people can hand over their used bike battery and pick up a new one. All these things are possible."

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