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A Deeside shop has turned on the power for it’s first electric car charging point.

Platform 22 in Torphins has opened the point to customers for a small cash charge.

The news comes after Aberdeenshire Council recently announced its plan to introduce solar powered parking meters as part of a strategy to entice more people into electric cars.

Store manager David Pattullo hopes the move will “boost the green credentials” of the shop: “These charging points are amazingly eco-friendly and wallet-friendly, a two hour charge would allow an electric car to get about 150 miles. We’re thinking of introducing a charge of about £1 per hour of use, I think this compares very well to petrol prices!”

“We’re involved in green tourism and currently have a bronze rating due to the quite poor insulation in the shop, hopefully this will boost our green credentials.”

David runs the ceramics workshop with his wife Emma.

Along with selling ceramic pieces the pair also operate a thriving coffee shop out of the site which is where David expects much of the custom for the car charging point will come from: “An integral part of the business is our gallery and coffee house where we display a range of works by local artists and craft makers. I expect much of the use of the point will come from visitors who come for a cup of coffee and a wind down.”

The point was supplied to Platform 22 for free by the charity Zero Carbon World with Platform 22 only having to pay for the installation.

Most of the stations usually go to hotels and bed and breakfasts but the Torphins store bucked the trend.

Local councillor Geva Blackett said of the move: “ Platform 22 is to be commended for providing a green service to their customers and once again adding innovation to the list of their credentials.”