Motorists will now be able to charge their electric cars at four new charging points at the Sandon and Chelmer Valley Park and Ride sites.
Electric Blue, in partnership with Essex County Council, installed the points at no cost to taxpayers and drivers are able to pay using a mobile app.
Cllr Ian Grundy, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “This project comes at zero cost to taxpayers and not only replaces the two chargers installed in 2011, but doubles capacity at each site.
“Each point is capable of charging two cars at a time. In total, four cars can be charged simultaneously at each site, so depending on your battery size it should take roughly four hours to fully charge your car.
“There are no subscriptions, connection fees or minimum spends. Motorists can buy a unit of energy for around 25 pence, so for a 22 kilowatt car battery you could do up to 100 miles for £5.50.
“We will be monitoring the usage of the charging points and once there is sufficient demand we are keen to install more points. This is another step towards creating a greener Essex by reducing air pollution and using renewable energy sources.”
Electric Blue CEO Alex Calnan said: “We are pleased to be able to support Essex County Council in their EV charger improvements at the Park and Ride facilities and hope to play a significant role in helping Essex residents improve their air quality by converting to zero emission electric vehicles.”
To access the chargers you simply need to download the mobile app and start charging.