5.8.2011 Top Gear prompts charge point for Lincoln
Following the recent Top Gear feature which highlighted the lack of charging infrastructure in Lincoln, Nissan is to fund the installation of the city's first public electric vehicle charging points.
In the television programme, presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May drove a pair of electric vehicles, including the Nissan LEAF, into the centre of Lincoln in an attempt to find somewhere to charge their cars.
Having failed to find any public infrastructure, the pair were forced to charge at the University in the centre of the city, dangling cables through an open window.
Should the presenters choose to attempt the journey again in future, they will discover a newly-installed PodPoint charging unit dedicated to them, located in the centre of the city.
With two sockets, it would allow both Jeremy and James to recharge their batteries at the same time. Charging at the new PodPoints will be free of charge to electric vehicle owners.
Councillor Fay Smith, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services and Public Protection at the City of Lincoln Council, said, "The Top Gear programme highlighted the fact that Lincoln does not currently provide for electric cars and we're really pleased that Nissan is now funding a charging point. We're committed to reducing the city's carbon footprint, but know that we can't do it alone, so it's great that private businesses like Nissan are getting behind this and putting in the infrastructure."
The PodPoint charging unit is due to be installed before the end of the month and the presenters will be invited to return to Lincoln and be the first to plug in to the new charger.
Top Gear Executive Producer Andy Wilman said, "This is excellent news for the electric car community of Lincoln. If the charging point had existed when Top Gear were there, James wouldn't now be walking around with Jeremy's name tattooed on his bottom. Still, better late than never."
Nissan's Executive Vice President Andy Palmer said, "Research tells us that most LEAF owners will charge their car at home or at their place of work, but drivers like having the ability to 'top up' their charge when they are out and about, especially if they are making longer journeys. With its new charging points and the fame generated by Top Gear, Lincoln could find itself becoming a tourist destination for Nissan LEAF owners."
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