ELECTRIC cars could be the key to a more sustainable and cleaner future.

But finding a recharging point away from home has been discouraging motorists from buying electric vehicles.

That’s why Brighouse-based renewable energies company Ploughcroft is helping install 1,000 free vehicle charging units – increasing the number in the UK by 40%.

Britain has approximately 2,500 vehicle charging points, more per person than any other country in Europe.

But according to Government research, motorists are being discouraged from using electric cars because of difficulties in finding a recharging point.

Now Ploughcroft and their partners, charitable trust Zero Carbon World, are hoping to install 1,000 more units at hotels and leisure facilities.

Ploughcroft, which began as a building and roofing company but moved into solar panel installation, is expected to fit 20 to 40 vehicle recharge units per week.

Chris Hopkins, managing director of Ploughcroft, said: “Over the next few years, businesses within the hotel and leisure sector need to be able to offer customers the added value service of being able to charge their vehicle whilst on the premises.

“With motor manufacturers investing billions in designing and producing innovative electric vehicles, consumer demand is set to soar in the future and we are working with Zero Carbon World to help meet these requirements.”

Charles Roberts, marketing manager of Zero Carbon World, said: “We have had a great response from hotels and leisure businesses to our offer of free charging stations and this new relationship with Ploughcroft will help to make them even more accessible to UK businesses.”

Ploughcroft also trains other companies on how to install energy saving technology.

The company rose to fame last year on the BBC hit show Dragons’ Den when Mr Hopkins convinced entrepreneurs Deborah Meaden and Theo Paphitis to invest £120,000 in Ploughcroft in exchange for a 25% stake in the company.

For more details about electric vehicle charging station installations, contact Ploughcroft on 01484 723344 or visit the website at:


To apply for a free charging station, contact Zero Carbon World on 01225 869439 or visit the website: