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of providing charging access for themselves, their employees and their customers. The North East is currently looking for partners to host charging points across the region and with grants available for installation for every post fitted there's never been a better time to lead the charge.

Grants are on offer for businesses wanting to get on board. Reasons to be part of the North East vehicle revolution: Play your role in reducing CO Be part of the green technology hub Grants available for a limited period of time Open your business to customers - new and old - by offering them something new Provide your business with a unique selling point To find out more about the campaign, visit www.leadthecharge.org.uk Mall takes a charging lead AMONG the many partners of Charge your Car is an organisation that has been embracing the electric vehicle (EV) revolution for a number of years.

The Metrocentre, in Gateshead, installed its first two charging posts more than two years ago. Europe's largest shopping and leisure centre immediately saw the benefits of gearing up for electric vehicles, providing its customers with a much-needed recharge while they shopped.

Metrocentre is now about to install three more charging posts as part of the Charge your Car programme, including one quick charger - the first public one in the UK.

Steve Beverley, sustainable travel manager at Metrocentre, said: "Part of our mission is to make Metrocentre greener and cleaner and this initiative fits in perfectly with that."

The organisation has also been involved in the Switch EV project, the demonstrator project which will bring 35 electric vehicles to the region to trial, and is currently leasing an electric Range Rover and a Nissan LEAF.

Charge your Car is North East England's Plugged in Places project funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), One North East and North East regional partners.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 22, 2011
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