Monmouthshire County Council has installed its first public electric car charging point in Chepstow and it aims to create similar facilities in other towns. The charging point is located within Welsh Street’s free parking area and its prominent bright blue logo means it is easily identified.

Tokens to obtain a supply of electricity are available from the council’s adjacent community hub during office hours and also from the town’s Greenman Backpackers Hostel in nearby Beaufort Square until 10pm. The tokens cost £5 and cars will be granted free parking while using the charging point. This recognises that charging will often take longer than the 30 minutes offered to other vehicles for free parking in the area.

Councillor Bryan Jones, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member for county operations said: “The number of electric vehicles is increasing significantly and is set to increase further as the range of vehicles expands. A lack of charging points is a major drawback to the growth of electric vehicles so our new facility in Chepstow will encourage drivers to opt for a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly choice.”