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An electric car charging point that cost £6,018 to install has been used for just five hours since it was first installed in 2009.

The charging point in Putney Leisure Centre car park, Dryburgh Road, Putney, was created to allow drivers to use more environmentally friendly electric cars.

In Mapleton Road, Wandsworth, a charging point installed in 2008 has racked up 74 hours, 54 minutes since it was installed at a cost of £5,500.

There are a total of five electric car charging points in the borough, with others in Spencer Park, Wandsworth Common, St John’s Avenue in Putney and Coverton Road, Tooting, which were installed in June this year.

Overall it has cost £29,705 to install and maintain the installation points, which has been funded by a grant issued by the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

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Electric car UK sales sputter out

Hopes that £5,000 government grants would make 2011 “remembered as the year the electric car took off” have been dashed with the release of new figures showing uptake of the greener cars has sputtered out.

Only 106 electric cars were bought in the third quarter of 2011 through the “plugged-in car grant” scheme, launched in January. It marks a significant slump in demand on already sluggish-take-up, with 465 cars registered through the scheme in Q1 and 215 in Q2.

However, trade body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) pointed out that all electric car registrations – both inside and out of the grant scheme – have gone from 167 in 2010 to 940 in 2011.

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