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A recent episode of the BBC’s Top Gear TV programme which highlighted the fact that Lincoln lacked any public charging infrastructure for electric vehicles has prompted Nissan to step in and fund the city’s first charging unit, a 2 socket PodPoint unit, which will provide free charging to electric vehicle owners.

Having failed to locate recharging points, presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May resorted to charging their vehicles, a Nissan Leaf and a Peugeot iOn, via cables draped out of the windows of the Lincoln University student services shop.

Regarding the new charging point for Lincoln, 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.”

Talking about the development, 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.”

In response, Andy Wilman, Top Gear’s Executive Producer 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.”

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