Charging points for electric cars rolled out for free by Poole company – with MP Annette Brooke taking up the offer

FOOTPRINT: Meridian environmental director Martin Jones, centre, with Annette Brooke MP and husband Cllr Mike Brooke with their new car charging point

FOOTPRINT: Meridian environmental director Martin Jones, centre, with Annette Brooke MP and husband Cllr Mike Brooke with their new car charging point

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CHARGING points for electric cars are being rolled out for free by a company based in Poole.

Among the early adopters of the company were an MP’s household and a nearby bed and breakfast business.

Meridian Environmental, in Hamworthy, is the only accredited installer in Dorset of Podpoint Home Charge Electric Points.

The company offered the technology to Mid-Dorset and North Poole MP Annette Brooke and her husband Mike, who leads the Liberal Democrat opposition on Poole council.

Mrs Brooke currently drives a Nissan Micra but is likely to switch to an electric vehicle next time she changes her car.

“I thought it was a wonderful opportunity. They need to spread the word that you can have these put in for free,” she said.

“I think it’s an excellent initiative. I primarily drive quite a small area in my small car.”

Mike Brooke said charging a vehicle overnight would cost around £2 and last for 60-80 miles.

“I think it’s very much part of reducing the carbon footprint,” he said.

“We’ve been running a small car for all the local journeys wherever we can. This potentially takes it a step further.”

He said the charging point was unobtrusive and smaller than a hose reel.

Jill Webber, who runs the nearby Pine Ridge bed and breakfast in Lower Golf Links Road, has also taken up the offer of a free charging point. She has put details on her website and Facebook page.

“I’m hoping somebody out there has got an electric car and they want to come to Poole,” he said.“It doesn’t detract from the visual appearance of the house but it’s close to a car park point. It will be the electric car park space.”

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg recently announced that the government was investing invest more than £9m in boosting the number of electric charging points.

Meridian Environmental is working with the Office of Low Emission Vehicles to install the free points to any domestic property with a driveway or garage.

The value of the point is up to £1,000 and charging points are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Thirteen rapid chargers have been installed across Dorset so far this year.

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10:38am Fri 7 Mar 14

Victor_Meldrew_Lives! says...

When you drive a Nissan Micra you have basically given up on driving anyway so it is time to quit.

Never seen one go above 20 mph, they seem to exist to impede others progress on the roads.
When you drive a Nissan Micra you have basically given up on driving anyway so it is time to quit. Never seen one go above 20 mph, they seem to exist to impede others progress on the roads. Victor_Meldrew_Lives!
  • Score: 8

10:47am Fri 7 Mar 14

rayc says...

Mike Brooke said charging a vehicle overnight would cost around £2 and last for 60-80 miles.
“I think it’s very much part of reducing the carbon footprint,” he said.

What is the carbon footprint of producing the vehicle batteries and their end of life disposal? How much does a small electric car cost , what is the life expectancy of the batteries and how much do they cost to replace?
Mike Brooke said charging a vehicle overnight would cost around £2 and last for 60-80 miles. “I think it’s very much part of reducing the carbon footprint,” he said. What is the carbon footprint of producing the vehicle batteries and their end of life disposal? How much does a small electric car cost , what is the life expectancy of the batteries and how much do they cost to replace? rayc
  • Score: 8

10:56am Fri 7 Mar 14

Isosceles says...

Nothing is free, someone has to pay for the parts and fitting costs!
Nothing is free, someone has to pay for the parts and fitting costs! Isosceles
  • Score: 4

11:08am Fri 7 Mar 14

rayc says...

Isosceles wrote:
Nothing is free, someone has to pay for the parts and fitting costs!
From the Podpoint web site; "Free electric car charge point for your home. Free installation * terms and conditions apply. Offer subsidised by OLEV (Office of Low Emission Vehicles).
OLEV comprises staff and funding from The Department for Transport, Department of Innovation and Skills and Department of Environment and Climate Change.
Who do you think is paying for Mrs Brook's charger point? It is the taxpayer of course and I doubt it has cost Meridian Environmental a £.
[quote][p][bold]Isosceles[/bold] wrote: Nothing is free, someone has to pay for the parts and fitting costs![/p][/quote]From the Podpoint web site; "Free electric car charge point for your home. Free installation * terms and conditions apply. Offer subsidised by OLEV (Office of Low Emission Vehicles). OLEV comprises staff and funding from The Department for Transport, Department of Innovation and Skills and Department of Environment and Climate Change. Who do you think is paying for Mrs Brook's charger point? It is the taxpayer of course and I doubt it has cost Meridian Environmental a £. rayc
  • Score: 7

11:15am Fri 7 Mar 14

Isosceles says...

rayc says...I doubt it has cost Meridian Environmental a £.

I expect that Meridian has made more than a £ from us taxpayers (:o))
rayc says...I doubt it has cost Meridian Environmental a £. I expect that Meridian has made more than a £ from us taxpayers (:o)) Isosceles
  • Score: 8

11:30am Fri 7 Mar 14

contric says...

what a load of tosh i personally have no wish to reduce my carbon footprint and i dont give a toss about global warming when simon cowell flys x factor contestants to europe for his crap x factor footballers being flown 2-300 miles for a football match the mayor swanning around in his gas guzzling car politicians flying off round the world on junkets and they want me to save the planet so they can all get stuffed i will carry on as normal
what a load of tosh i personally have no wish to reduce my carbon footprint and i dont give a toss about global warming when simon cowell flys x factor contestants to europe for his crap x factor footballers being flown 2-300 miles for a football match the mayor swanning around in his gas guzzling car politicians flying off round the world on junkets and they want me to save the planet so they can all get stuffed i will carry on as normal contric
  • Score: 7

12:03pm Fri 7 Mar 14

muscliffman says...

rayc wrote:
Mike Brooke said charging a vehicle overnight would cost around £2 and last for 60-80 miles.
“I think it’s very much part of reducing the carbon footprint,” he said.

What is the carbon footprint of producing the vehicle batteries and their end of life disposal? How much does a small electric car cost , what is the life expectancy of the batteries and how much do they cost to replace?
Never mind all the expensive replacement batteries, because some highly regarded sources suggest that these pretty useless 'electric' cars have already left a bigger worldwide manufacturing process carbon footprint by the time they reach their owners than a conventional locally manufactured combustion engined car will cause in it's entire lifetime.

If it's promoted as 'green', you can be quite sure there is a nice taxpayer funded subsidy in it for someone!
[quote][p][bold]rayc[/bold] wrote: Mike Brooke said charging a vehicle overnight would cost around £2 and last for 60-80 miles. “I think it’s very much part of reducing the carbon footprint,” he said. What is the carbon footprint of producing the vehicle batteries and their end of life disposal? How much does a small electric car cost , what is the life expectancy of the batteries and how much do they cost to replace?[/p][/quote]Never mind all the expensive replacement batteries, because some highly regarded sources suggest that these pretty useless 'electric' cars have already left a bigger worldwide manufacturing process carbon footprint by the time they reach their owners than a conventional locally manufactured combustion engined car will cause in it's entire lifetime. If it's promoted as 'green', you can be quite sure there is a nice taxpayer funded subsidy in it for someone! muscliffman
  • Score: 8

1:05pm Fri 7 Mar 14

master plan says...

Electric cars are the pot-pori of the 21st century? Only cost £2 a night to charge? Yet you've got to think how much a power station has to burn for that £2 per night charge stick with your normal cars
Electric cars are the pot-pori of the 21st century? Only cost £2 a night to charge? Yet you've got to think how much a power station has to burn for that £2 per night charge stick with your normal cars master plan
  • Score: 5

4:18pm Fri 7 Mar 14

BarrHumbug says...

So basically whats being said here is that a local MP has had a electric charge point that they didn't actually need fitted at our expense to the tune of £1000.
So basically whats being said here is that a local MP has had a electric charge point that they didn't actually need fitted at our expense to the tune of £1000. BarrHumbug
  • Score: 4

5:48pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Ophilum says...

Green Wash and hog wash, green brainwashing at it,s best, ok if you have a day to spare to get it charged up, rubbish idea. Hydrogen is the way.
Green Wash and hog wash, green brainwashing at it,s best, ok if you have a day to spare to get it charged up, rubbish idea. Hydrogen is the way. Ophilum
  • Score: 1

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