Chargemaster has confirmed that electric vehicle (EV) charge points will be installed at all of The Jockey Club’s 14 racecourses and historic Jockey Club Rooms by the end of 2012.

The first EV charge point goes operational at Kempton Park Racecourse today, with subsequent installations at Sandown Park and Epsom Downs to complete The Jockey Club’s three London racecourses. This will be closely followed by Newmarket, Exeter and Wincanton.

The move is part of The Jockey Club’s sustainability strategy which highlights initiatives to make it easier for racing fans, conference and events clients, suppliers and staff to reduce their carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency. The points will allow users to fully charge an EV for just 95p, allowing travel of up to 115 miles dependant on the vehicle.

The Jockey Club’s Sustainability Executive, responsible for the company’s short and long term sustainability objectives, identified Chargemaster to partner in the project as part of the POLAR scheme.

The scheme, endorsed by transport minister Norman Baker, is committed to build a network of 4,000 charge points across Britain by the end of 2012 to sustain the expected growth in EVs. The news of the first racecourse EV charge point comes after a significant commitment from Waitrose to install EV charge points in many of its car parks.

Paul Fisher, group managing director, Jockey Club Racecourses, said, “This is a world first for horseracing and I’m delighted that The Jockey Club’s racecourses are leading the way. The installations not only demonstrate our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint, but also provide our customers with a service that is only going to be more valuable in the future. We hope this innovation is another example of British racing doing everything possible to enhance our customers’ experience.”

David Martell, chief executive of Chargemaster, said, “We are delighted to form this partnership with The Jockey Club. As part of the national POLAR network, Chargemaster is installing charging points across the country, but we are pleased that The Jockey Club will be the first network of sporting venues to provide this service to their customers. We hope many racing fans, conference and events customers and staff, will find this service useful in the years ahead when more and more consumers will be using plug in cars.”