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Hawkstone Park becomes first venue in Shropshire to install electric vehicle charging points (8th May 2012)

A Shropshire tourist attraction and a local car dealership have connected to celebrate sharing pole position in the county’s electric vehicle race. Hawkstone Park in Weston-under-Redcastle, near Shrewsbury, has become the first location in Shropshire to install electric vehicle (EV) charging points while William A Lewis is the county’s first dealership to have fully electric vehicles on general sale.

The Renault Twizy went on sale at the Featherbed Lane dealership in April at the same time that carbon reduction charity Zero Carbon World donated two EV charging points that have been installed on the side of the hotel at Hawkstone Park.

The installation was inspired by the famous golf venue’s ongoing commitment to reducing its emissions and becoming more environmentally friendly.

David Sims, general manager at Hawkstone Park, said: “We are delighted to be the first venue in the county to install free EV charging points.

“This is part of our mission to become more environmentally friendly and achieve the gold tourism award.

“Hopefully this will be the first of many EV charging points and can become part of a network that will make it easier for people using electric cars to get around while encouraging others to do so too.

“They are completely free to use for anybody visiting the hotel and don’t require a smart card, or anything like that.”

Zero Carbon World is hoping to donate 1,000 EV charging stations to businesses around the UK.

Martin Priddy is marketing coordinator at William A Lewis and he feels that these two firsts for Shropshire could mark a step forward for this type of vehicle.

He said: “We are leading the way in Shropshire with Renault’s first electric car, the Twizy, and it has attracted a lot of interest.

“The Twizy is a very nippy compact tandem two-seater and easily negotiates urban traffic. It will do 60-plus miles before it needs charging by plugging into a normal domestic three-pin socket.

“The use of electric vehicles is still at an early stage and commitments like that at Hawkstone Park underline that EVs are here to stay. As the technology develops EVs will become commonplace on our roads.

“The peace-of-mind of knowing that you will be able to charge your vehicle when you reach your destination is crucial to the success of this technology.”