Electric car drivers will soon be able to charge up in the town centre.
A rapid vehicle charge point unit has now been installed next to Accrington Town Hall and is capable to charging a vehicle from zero to 80 per cent full in around 40 minutes.
Hyndburn council is now arranging with an electricity supply company to sort out the electrical connection before it can become operational and is expected to be done in the next few weeks.
Council leader Miles Parkinson said it will be the ‘first of many’ to be installed across Hyndburn in future years.
He said: “It is something that promotes renewable energy.
“Probably in a decade’s time most cars won’t be running on diesel or petrol but electricity and we will see the wider use of electric cars.
“There will probably be additional ones in and across Hyndburn coming shortly as that’s the way things are going. Hopefully we will become a nation which relies on renewable energy.”
Funding for the charge point was provided through the government and an official launch will be held next month for local businesses and electric car users.
The charge unit comes supplied with high capacity cables and fitted with three connectors to cater for different standards currently fitted to electric vehicles.
The unit has been installed next to the disabled parking bay and will be remarked to ensure there are still five disabled bays with a loading bay being lost to create the extra space.