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Waddesdon Manor joins electric car pilot scheme
Waddesdon Manor near Aylesbury has brought together the fashions of the 18th century with the technology of the 21st by installing one of the most advanced electric vehicle charging points.
The installation is part of an extension to the successful Plugged-in Places scheme run by Milton Keynes Council, one of three pilot projects to install EV charging points in cities across the UK.
Electric vehicles currently can travel up to 100 miles before requiring a recharge but forecasts predict that one in five cars on the road by 2020 will be electric-powered.
The points at Waddesdon Manor are manufactured by Chargemaster plc and can each support two cars simultaneously. They were installed by Arup, which is looking for other suitable locations for charging points locally.
Waddesdon Manor spokeswoman Kathryn Hobbs said: “Providing facilities for our visitors to recharge electric vehicles on site and encouraging low carbon travel supports the National Trust Green Living campaign. Our new archive building on the Waddesdon Estate, Windmill Hill, was built with environmental considerations a priority, and Waddesdon is keen to support any initiatives to lower our environmental impact.”
Milton Keynes, London and the North East were the three areas chosen last year to pilot the government’s Plugged in Places scheme. They have installed charging points in car parks, major supermarkets, leisure and retail centres, as well as on the street.
The government has since set out its commitment to support the Plugged-In Places programme and offers match-funding to local consortia of businesses and public sector partners wishing to install a critical mass of electric vehicle recharging infrastructure in lead places across the UK.