Electric car chargers not yet taken off

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Electric car charging points around Blackpool have failed to spark an interest in green transport, according to the businesses which have installed them.

Attractions and car parks around the resort which worked to provide points for electric vehicles to recharge have reported they are not well used.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach was the first major tourist attraction in the UK to install the charging points three years ago.

The attraction has one at its Big Blue Hotel, and one in its main car park on Balmoral Road.

But despite regular use to charge the park’s own electric vehicles, bosses admit they are yet to see a reasonable demand for them from customers.

A spokesman for Blackpool Pleasure Beach said: “We have two charging points, one on the main car park and a second at the Big Blue Hotel, which are used to charge the various electrical cars we have for on-site use.

“They were installed by APT Technologies and can be used in any electrical car.

“However, due to the fact the electrical car market hasn’t really taken off in the UK, we haven’t had many guests using the charging points.”

Blackpool Council has confirmed it has no electric car charging points in any of its car parks, for public or staff.

At the Houndshill Shopping Centre, in the resort’s town centre, two spaces have reserved in the car park for charging points, now installed for one year.