A rural garage in Teesdale is set to install an electric car recharging point which will offer free charging to local residents. David Hutchinson, owner of Mickleton Service Station has applied for permission to install 16 solar panels and a charging point.

Speaking to the Teesdale Mercury, Hutchinson explained why he is so keen on installing a solar array, saying: “The motor industry is certainly not the greenest but we’ve always tried to be as environmentally friendly as possible here at Mickleton.

“I don’t know anyone who has got an electric car yet, but when we’re got a free charge point up and running that might change. It’s free motoring.”

Hutchinson explained that the solar panels would be installed for free from Eco EnerG Solutions as part of a wider local scheme to offer free installation of charging points for electric vehicles, run by solar power.  

Craig Sams, Managing Director of EnerG, said: “The aim of the project is to build a network of charge points across the our region allowing employees or on certain sites the general public to top up charge their electric vehicle while working or spending a couple of hours shopping or sight seeing.

“This is an excellent opportunity for local businesses and local community organisations to dif­ferentiate themselves and de­monstrate their green credentials by encouraging staff and customers to embrace much cheaper and more sustainable fuel sources.”