More than £900,000 in government funding will be provided to boost the number of charging points for electric cars in the North West, the government has announced.
Cumbria County Council will receive £562,500 for new charging points, Cheshire East Council will receive £302,183, Hyndburn Council £26,250 and Pendle Council will receive £10,000.
Northern Rail has also been allocated £322,500 to install charging points in train station car parks.
Last year, Merseytravel received funding from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles for 126 charging points across Merseyside and West Cheshire, including train stations.
Major car manufacturers BMW, Nissan, Renault, Toyota and Vauxhall are all backing the Go Ultra Low campaign in a partnership with the government to debunk common myths and misconceptions that put drivers off switching to electric or hybrid cars, such as cost and how far the vehicles can travel before being recharged. Electric car owners do not have to pay car tax or congestion charges and many chargepoints are free to use. The cars cost from just 2p a mile, which means a family that drives an electric vehicle 10,000 miles in a year would save around £1,000 on fuel costs each year.