Elmbridge District Council said they commissioned SMS to increase charging availability for residents, council workers and visitors.

At four community centres across the borough, residents are now able to charge their electric vehicles between 6pm and 8am.

The council said the installation of EV chargers at these community centres would also help it decarbonise its door-to-door transport service for those who attend.

Four chargers have been installed at the council’s civic offices, and EV charging will also be in place at its transport depot, where six charge points await full commissioning to go live, and one more is due for installation in September.

The 25 new EV chargers add to the 12 already located in Elmbridge’s pay and display car parks.

Elmbridge’s portfolio holder for climate change and sustainability, Cllr David Young, said: ‘Working with SMS to improve accessibility to EV charging in the borough has been a crucial step forward in our sustainability journey, and will help our residents to make the switch to electric vehicles.’

Lee Feihn, head of EV infrastructure at SMS, said: ‘We are confident that we’ve provided the best solution for the borough, which will ensure more of the area’s transport fleet, residents and workers have access to EV chargers as and when they need them.’

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