Cheltenham hotel manager Chris Light is buzzing over his electric car charging point
ELECTRIC car drivers in Cheltenham will be buzzing now that another hotel has introduced a public charging point.
Bayshill Road in Montpellier may now be the greenest street in the town and not just because of its magnificent trees.
The road already boasted a publicly available charging point at the Montpellier Chapter Hotel, in its underground car park.
Now a second point that can be used by motorists, whether they are guests or not, has been introduced in the same road.
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Chris Light, the environmentally-conscious manager of The Bradley has installed a fast charging point in his car park.
The 42-year-old said: "We had the foresight to think about putting one in and we were in the right place at the right time."
Chris said he was keen to help the Zero Carbon World charity in its promotion of electric cars as a way of reducing carbon emissions.
And he said he supported the views of electric car enthusiasts such as broadcaster Robert Llewellyn, star of TV's Red Dwarf and Scrapheap Challenge.
He hosts Fully Charged, an online show which looks at why we need to change how we think about energy consumption.
He also attended Cheltenham's first ever Sustainable MotoExpo in September.
Chris plans to get Robert to formally launch his charging point at the five-star guest house next month.
He stressed that a qualified electrician had been used to set it up and a representative from Zero Carbon World had been to test it.
The charging point, which cost Chris £450 to install, is free to guest house residents but costs £5 to those not staying there.
Chris said the fee is needed to cover the cost of the electricity being used.
"Our point has a 32 amps supply and cars should get an 80 per cent charge in three hours."
Zero Carbon World is offering free electric charging points as it tries to help build up a network of them in the UK.
It provides the equipment but doesn't pay for its installation.