TEST Valley drivers can now benefit from free electric charging points, it has been revealed.

Romsey and Andover will receive a total of 18 charging points in a number of car parks which are being installed by Joju Solar, who are working in partnership with Vattenfall UK.

Until March 12, the charging points will be free to use with signs being put in place to notify motorists.

Drivers simply need to plug in and their vehicle will begin charging, where there will be no need to use the app or provide payment.

The charging points will be free as an introductory offer for those with electric vehicles, which have been part funded by a Government grant from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles.

Transport portfolio holder and deputy leader of Test Valley Borough Council, cllr Nick Adams-King, said: “I’m really pleased that this offer is available to help encourage drivers to consider using a more environmentally-friendly form of transport.

“Being able to provide free electric charging points into the spring is a fantastic step and hopefully will also encourage drivers of these vehicles to visit our town centres in Andover and Romsey.

“Signs will be put up at the locations and as soon as the other charging points are completed, these new destinations will also benefit.

"Drivers simply need to just plug in and go.”

Four machines are currently available in the Chantry Centre car park, with two machines also at the Alma Road car park in Romsey.

Two additional charging points can also be accessed in the town, at Lortemore Place.

The other ten machines will be free to use in the new year once they have been installed.