MORE than 40 new electric vehicle charging points will be ready to use in Dorset Council-owned car parks from February.

The fast (22kW) chargepoints, using 100 per cent renewable energy, will be installed at 18 car parks.

Forty four of the fast chargepoints will be installed, Dorset Council says, as part of the unitary authority's commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2040.

Car parks in Wimborne, Wareham, Verwood, Sherborne, Shaftesbury and Blandford are among the ones chosen for the new chargepoints.

Councillor Ray Bryan, environment portfolio holder, said: “Providing drivers with more chargepoints for their electric vehicles is an exciting step towards our commitment to becoming carbon-neutral.

"It also helps make life easier for motorists who are seeking more environmentally friendly methods of travel.

"With government plans to phase out sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030, and more people seeking to go electric, now is the time to offer Dorset’s residents, businesses and visitors sustainable travel options."

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Work at the sites is planned to start in January 2021, when SSE and Western Power Distribution will begin installing new electrical connections.

Joju Charging will commence installation of the chargepoints in January and February.

Once active, the chargepoints will appear on Zap Map.

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Dorset Council believes the fast chargepoints will be well-suited to town centre car parks for drivers of electric cars who need a quick 'top up'.

The council says to fully charge a Nissan Leaf (40kWh model) it would cost £12.50 and take less than two hours.

Nissan say their Leaf (40kWh model) has a range of 168-miles on a full charge.

Earlier this year Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a UK ban on sales of new diesel and petrol cars by 2030.