A number of new electric vehicle fast charging points across the county are nearing completion and will shortly be ready for use. While the majority of the new charging points have been installed, the locations still require signage and testing before they will be available to residents.

It was originally anticipated that the project would be completed in April but due to the COVID-19 pandemic work was put on hold. The electric vehicle charging points are located in the public car parks at Trinity Terrace in Abergavenny, Woodstock Way in Caldicot, Castle Dell in Chepstow, Glendower Street in Monmouth and Maryport Street South in Usk.

These points have been introduced under a Gwent-wide project using funding provided by participating local authorities and OLEV (Office for Low Emission Vehicles). The charging points have been installed and will be managed by Silverstone Green Energy under the Dragon Charging scheme with payment by way of a RFID card or through the mobile phone app.

In recent weeks, Monmouthshire County Council has received a number of queries from residents as to when the points will be operational and available for use. The council would like to thank electric vehicle owners for their patience, and it’s hoped the facilities will be ready to use by the end of October 2020. As and when they are brought online they will appear on Zap Map and further publicity released.

Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Neighbourhood Services, Councillor Jane Pratt said: “We are very much looking forward to these new electric fast charging points coming into use in our county. It demonstrates our continued efforts in supporting greener modes of transport and contributes to tackling the climate emergency. I encourage owners of electric vehicles to make the most of the facilities when they are up and running.”

The Zap Map can be found at: https://www.zap-map.com/