Lynn councillors to decide fees for electric vehicles

New Electric Car Charging Points at St James Car Park King's Lynn'Brian Long (Cabinet Member for Environment) launches the new facility, with Scott Walker (Nissan Sales Manager at West of King's Lynn. ANL-150611-160211009
New Electric Car Charging Points at St James Car Park King's Lynn'Brian Long (Cabinet Member for Environment) launches the new facility, with Scott Walker (Nissan Sales Manager at West of King's Lynn. ANL-150611-160211009
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The fees for electric vehicle charging in Lynn will be decided by councillors in the coming weeks.

Members of West Norfolk Council’s cabinet are being recommended to agree a maxium of three hours parking with a 5p per KWH fee for charging up.

Last year the council received a grant from the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles to fund the installation of charging points in Lynn and Hunstanton.

But the authority does not currently have a policy for charging electric vehicles.

A report to the next cabinet meeting on February 2, states that the council will incur a 60p transaction fee every time the charge point is used along with a £300 annual charge.

The report states: “Irrespective of any use there is a daily standing charge fee fo the electricity supply to the metre. This is circa 25p per day in Hunstanton (£91 per year). In Lynn the Maximum Demand Tariff is an additional £200 per month (£2,400).

“The chargers can deliver a charge from 0 to 80 per cent of battery capacity in approximately 30 minutes. It is unlikely that a charge point would be used for more than 1 hour for vehicle charging.

“Users have a registered credit card with CYC that operates the charge point.

“At the end of the initial three year period the cost of maintenance of equipment will fall to the council.”

The report states that the charging points have been used 41 times during November by six unique vehicles.

It also adds: “Over time it is likely that the number of visits for electric vehicles will increase. A further 640 visits would equate to breakeven on current costs.”

The charging points can be found outside the multi-storey car park in St James’ Street and at Hunstanton’s Central car park.