Electric vehicle (EV) chargers have been installed at a Woodley shopping centre following government plan to ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030.

Osprey Charging, one of the UK’s leading EV charging networks, has increased access to public charging by installing three EV chargers at the Loddon Vale Shopping Centre in Woodley.

The high-powered chargers will provide 'reliable and rapid' charging by adding up to 100 miles of range in 35 minutes of charging.

Being next to a shopping centre, the chargers accept contactless bank cards, Apple and Google Pay, the Osprey App and RFID card payments.

CEO of Osprey Charging Ian Johnston said: “The electric transition is well underway and we’re here to provide a reliable and rapid public charging service for drivers, from Cornwall to Scottish Highlands.

"Each of our new locations is carefully designed to maximise space, accessibility and availability of chargers, working to the latest and highest standards. This new charging site at the Loddon Vale Shopping Centre in Woodley is a vital part of the re-charging network that will enable the decarbonisation of transport in the UK.”

The increase in EV chargers has come after the governments decision to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030.

This will be achieved by phasing out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars. It will also see all new cars and vans be fully zero emission from 2035.

Between 2030 and 2035, new cars and vans can be sold if they can drive a significant distance with zero emissions, for example plug-in hybrids or full hybrids.

Osprey has funded this installation and oversees maintenance of the chargers which are supplied with renewable energy.

LCP, the landlord for the Woodley site, benefits from a future-proofed car park and being able to help more EV drivers in Reading.

The investment will improve air quality, reduce noise pollution and support global climate efforts.

Osprey is in the top 3 UK Chargepoint Network Operators for safety and accessibility.