Stamford gearing up for a future full of electric cars

Stamford Chamber of Trade and Commerce president Tim Lee, right, with New College Stamford principal Andrew Patience
Stamford Chamber of Trade and Commerce president Tim Lee, right, with New College Stamford principal Andrew Patience
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STAMFORD is getting all charged up about electric cars.

Stamford Chamber of Trade and Commerce is teaming up with businesses to make the town an attractive place for electric vehicles.

Two hotels, the William Cecil and The George, are looking at installing electric charge points in their car parks and New College Stamford will be installing one.

Grants are available to businesses which want to install charge points and the chamber has also agreed to make money available.

The chamber has also organised the loan of an electric car from Cenex, a research company based in the Midlands. The car will be kept at New College Stamford’s vehicle maintenance and repair department so students can study its and learn about repair and servicing issues.

Chamber president and college governor, Tim Lee, said: “Between Cambridge and Lincoln there are currently no charge points for electric vehicles.

“We aim to change that and at the same time to encourage visitors to our town. An electric vehicle takes between two and eight hours to charge so there will be plenty of opportunity for their drivers to spend time and money in our town.

“We hope the district council will consider putting a charge point in one of our car parks.”

Three hotels in Rutland are all planning to install electric charging points, possibly within a few weeks.