Businesses in Monmouthshire and rural areas of Newport could benefit from a green initiative funded under the local rural development programme.

The Vale of Usk Local Action Group has announced a new grant scheme that allows businesses to trial an electric vehicle charging point (EVCP) for free for one year. This follows the recent government announcement to ban the sale of all petrol and diesel cars from 2040 that will undoubtedly accelerate demand for electric vehicles.

This exciting new project called Fully Charged will be operated and usage information monitored by local community organisation Gwent Energy CIC.  Businesses which have participated in the trial will be given the option of purchasing the EVCP for a discount.

This scheme is aimed at hospitality venues and tourist attractions as well as premises visited by the public for hours at a time.  Interested businesses should email fullycharged@gwentenergycic.org or visit www.gwentenergycic.org by Monday 11th September.