Issue 11, January 2018


Faster charging points for electric cars

Electric Charging PointsWe're keen to support environmentally friendly travel in Mid Sussex so we have upgraded the electric charging points in our car parks to new fast chargers, which are able to deliver a full charge in 3 to 4 hours.

Electric car technology is improving at a rapid rate and the latest models from Nissan, Hyundai, Tesla and others can travel for upwards of 160 miles on a 30 minute charge. Electric cars may be outnumbered by petrol and diesel powered vehicles at the minute but that is set to change dramatically over the next 20 years.

The government has identified poor air quality as the greatest risk to public health in the UK and has announced a ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars in Britain by 2040. This means we will all have to switch to full electric or hybrid power vehicles when we buy a new car. The move is aimed at reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and cutting the nitrogen oxide pollution produced by cars that is having such a damaging effect on public health.

You can find our new fast charging points in our car parks at Cyprus Road in Burgess Hill, Chequer Mead in East Grinstead and Hazelgrove in Haywards Heath. There is no charge for the electricity you use. If you would like to make use of the charging points then sign up for the Charge Your Car scheme by calling 01912 650500 or visit



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