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Roadshow in Bury St Edmunds to promote electric vehicles

By Newsdesk Bury

Cllr Lance Stanbury charging up a Renault Zoe
Cllr Lance Stanbury charging up a Renault Zoe

An upcoming roadshow is the first in a series of council initiatives planned to encourage residents and businesses to switch to electric vehicles.

West Suffolk councils is holding the Electric Vehicle (EV) roadshow in Bury St Edmunds' arc shopping centre on Saturday, August 25 from 9am to 5pm to highlight the financial, economical and environmental benefits.

The councils operate charging points in car parks in Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill and Newmarket and keep demand under review.

It is due to announce the details of a pilot scheme to make it even easier for residents to charge EVs outside their own homes.

The councils are also hosting an event aimed at local businesses as part of the West Suffolk Business Festival in October.

They already offer a Greener Business Grant which will match fund a business up to £1,000 towards the cost of an EV or company charge point.

Cllr Lance Stanbury, Forest Heath District Council's cabinet member for planning and growth, said: "We know that EVs are cheaper to run - generally a quarter of the cost of petrol or diesel per mile - and where technology has dramatically improved they can make long journeys on a single charge which means they are now a more realistic option not just for residents but for businesses including trades people and small scale suppliers.

"By switching to EVs people are helping reduce air pollution which Public Health England says cost the country £42.88 million in health and social care costs last year, a figure it warns will rise to £5.3 billion by 2035 unless air pollution is addressed on a national scale."

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