Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Our Plug for Green Cars

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Our Plug for Green Cars

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PLANS to turn the Tees Valley into a green vehicle hub are picking up speed.

Supermarkets and shopping centres will become charge point locations, and the first plug-in stations will be installed on Teesside by the end of the year.

The North-east was one of just eight test bed areas chosen for the Government's Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator last week. A 35-strong fleet of electric cars, vans and minibuses will be tested by motorists on Tyneside first, followed by Teesside.

A collaboration of some of the biggest names in the private sector including Tesco, British Gas, CE Electric UK, the AA and Capital Shopping Centres has teamed up with regional development agency One North East (ONE) to get the project moving.

Around 300 plug-in charge points will be installed on Teesside during 2010 and 2011 - all part of ONE's pounds 30m plans to base the low-carbon car industry of the future in the North-east. Other locations include people's homes, workplaces, universities and hospitals. …

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