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Whilst many local journeys can be made effectively on foot, by bike or by bus, some journeys can only effectively be made by car. For example long journeys, shift work at night and carrying large or heavy items are often difficult without access to a car. For those journeys, some ways to help you drive more efficiently are suggested in this section.

Charging electric cars

Bedford has two main providers for public charge points: Chargemaster (POLAR network) and Source East. To use the public charging points in Bedford you need to be a member of one of these schemes. However, you are able to use a Chargemaster card at a Source East point and vice versa. Below are details about how to charge at each point:

Source East

To use this network you need to pay an annual fee of £10 and fill out the form: www.sourceeast.net/register and you will receive a Source East card.

To use the charge points in the Bedford area is free of charge once you’ve paid the annual fee.

How to charge using a Source East charging point
At the charging point, plug your cable into your car, swipe your card and connect your cable to the charge point, then close the door. When you want to stop charging swipe your card, unplug your cable from the charge point and close the door.

 

Chargemaster on POLAR network

There are three different ways to pay to use the POLAR network:

  • The Economy Plus tariff which is a monthly subscription of £12 which gives you 20 charging credits
  • Standard Tariff which is an annual subscription of £20 and then you pay a charge for each hour you charge
  • Instant Smart Phone App where you pay-as-you-charge with no monthly or yearly subscription

Full details of the charging costs can be found at: www.chargemasterplc.com/index.php/polar_online/

 

Where to charge

Bedford has a number of electric car charging points which are listed below:

Charging Point

Address

Number of Points

Type of point

Network for payment

Owned by

Borough Hall

Bedford Borough Council, Cauldwell Street, MK42 9AP

2

1x 3kW 13A 1 Phase AC socket 3 Square Pin
1 x 7kW 32A 1 phase AC socket type 2 Mennekes

Source East
POLAR

ChargeMaster (no. 1312)

Bedford Road Kempston

Kempston, MK42 8DD

2

1x 3kW 13A 1 Phase AC socket 3 Square Pin
1 x 7kW 32A 1 phase AC socket type 2 Mennekes

Source East
POLAR

ChargeMaster (no. 1421)

De Parys Ave

Off the Broadway, MK40 2TX

2

1 x 3kW 13A 1 Phase AC socket 3 Square Pin
1 x 7kW 32A 1 phase AC socket type 2 Mennekes

Source East
POLAR

ChargeMaster (no. 1317)

Bedford Railway Station, South Car Park

Ashburnham Road off Midland Road, MK40 1DX

4

4 x 7kW 32A 1 Phase AC socket type 2 Mennekes

Source East
POLAR

ChargeMaster (no. 1812)
ChargeMaster (no. 1818)

Bedford College

Main Campus, Cauldwell Street, MK42 9AH

2

2 x 7kW 32A 1 phase AC socket type 2 Mennekes

Source East
POLAR

ChargeMaster (no. 1823)

University of Bedfordshire

Bedford Campus, Polhill Avenue, MK41 9EA

2

2 x 7kW 32A 1 phase AC socket type 2 Mennekes

Source East only

SourceEast

Renault Dealership Wests of Bedford

87 High Street, Clapham, MK41 6AQ

1

1 x 3kW 13A 1 phase AC socket type 2 Mennekes

Renault Dealership

Renault

Elms BMW

Clifton Parc, Caxton Road, MK41 0GL

3

1x 43kW 63A 3-phase AC type 2 Mennekes
1x 50kW 125A DC JEVS (CHAdeMO)
1x 50kW 125A DC CCS (Combo)

POLAR

ChargeMaster (no. 21016)

St Peters Car Park

Goldington Road, MK40 2PR

2

1x 3kW 13A 1 Phase AC socket 3 Square Pin
1 x 7kW 32A 1 phase AC socket type 2 Mennekes

Source East
POLAR

ChargeMaster (no. 1423)

St Johns Street car park

St Johns Street, Kempston, MK42 8EP

2

1x 3kW 13A 1 Phase AC socket 3 Square Pin
1 x 7kW 32A 1 phase AC socket type 2 Mennekes

Source East
POLAR

ChargeMaster (no. 1417)

To find out more details about Chargemaster (POLAR network) or a Source East please visit http://www.chargemasterplc.com and http://www.sourceeast.net

There are a number of other useful websites that provide more information about electric cars:
http://www.mynextgreencar.com and http://www.thechargingpoint.com/beginners-guide.html

Park and ride

Please go to the Bus page for informayion on Park and Ride

What is fuel-efficient driving?

You can reduce your fuel consumption by up to 15% by making small changes to your driving technique, enabling you to get more miles to the gallon and save money on your fuel costs.

The Energy Saving Trust has put together this film to help you reduce your fuel consumption and save money:

Other tips to save fuel include:

  • Service the car regularly, including checking engine oil and tyre pressure. Low tyre pressure can make a huge different to fuel consumption
  • Remove unnecessary weight in the car and remove roof-racks and top boxes to make the car more streamline
  • Plan your journey before you leave to avoid getting lost and using extra fuel on needless detours
  • Turn off air-conditioning and open the windows when travelling at low speeds as the air-con uses up fuel when running.

Car sharing

Car sharing is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and the cost of regular journeys. There are a number of different car share websites that enable you to offer lifts or request lifts:

Car sharing websites

 

Safety first when car sharing

Each individual is responsible for their own safety when car sharing; however here are some security tips that are recommended:

  • On your first meeting arrange to meet in a public place rather than at your home
  • Inform a friend or family member of whom you will be travelling with, when you’re travelling and where you’re going
  • Ask to see the other person's ID – a staff pass if at work, a passport or driving licence and don’t forget to take your ID too so they know who you are!
  • Remember, you have no obligation to continue car-sharing. If you have any doubts about the person you’re travelling with, for any reason, email or text them to let them know you’re not able to continue the arrangement.

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