SEVEN new electric car charging points could be installed across South Lakeland.

In line with its desire to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, South Lakeland District Council's cabinet is set to approve investigation into the feasibility of putting in the machines. SLDC was granted £187,640 to fund an 18-month-long research project aimed at identifying charging sites in residential areas where no off-street charging is available.

A report set to go before cabinet next Wednesday says the project has the potential to increase the take-up of electric vehicles, progressively address the causes and impacts of climate change and encourage residents to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and save money on fuel costs.

The report said: "This is one of 12 projects that will share £37 million to revolutionise the experience of owning an electric vehicle."