MK gets "Plugged In"

Milton Keynes is going to become one of the first places in the country to offer plug in points for electric vehicles.

The new city is getting £5m from the Government to start introducing these charging points, in an attempt to tempt more of us into electric cars.

A consortium made up of MK Council, Nissan, Central Networks, University Centre Milton Keynes and Milton Keynes Partnership had put the bid for the money together.

We’re told that 2,430 charging points are going to be installed across Milton Keynes over the next 3 years. Of which 2000 will be for residential use, and the rest will be on streets, in car parks and in retail and commercial locations.

This announcement comes as the government says it’s planning on offering a grant of up to £5,000 off the price of a new electric car from January next year.

Transport Secretary Andrew Adonis said, “Thanks to Plugged –in- Places like Milton Keynes, we will have the infrastructure in place to support this growing market.

Transport has a huge part to play to help the UK meet its stringent emission reduction targets and today’s announcement is another step on the road to putting the UK at the global forefront of ultra-low carbon vehicle development, manufacture and use.”