New Electric Vehicle charge points in Exeter will be installed soon
Published: 1 April 2021
The installation of eight rapid electric vehicle charging hubs across Exeter is set to get underway.
Eight Neighbourhoods across the city will soon have charging points within easy reach, with the first sites expected to be ready for use this summer.
It’s the first phase of a private-sector led scheme that includes Devon County Council, Regen, Co Cars, ZPN Energy and Gamma Energy.
The project is funded by Innovate UK and the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles, and aims to deliver dozens of charge points across the City over the next two years.
The locations for the first eight charging points have now been given the green light and the sites are at Langaton Lane, Barrack Road, Belmont Road, Hanover Road, Whipton Lane, Cowick Hill, Haven Road and St Leonards Road.
Each of these locations will also benefit from an electric Co Car for community hire.
Over a third (34%) of people do not currently have off-street parking facilities to charge an electric vehicle. This project removes this barrier, meaning many more people can make the move to electric car use.
This project is part of a nationwide move to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality – the government has announced a ban on the sales of new cars and vans powered wholly by petrol and diesel from 2030.
The rapid chargers have been developed by ZPN Energy, while Gamma Energy, based at Exeter Science Park, has developed the technology to power the chargers.
They use a cutting-edge energy storage system with a renewable energy supply and charge vehicles very quickly at a low cost.
A typical unit will provide 75 miles of travel after 30 min of charge (25Kwh) at a cost of £7.50 (30p per kWh).
There are plans for further sites in Exeter as well as other communities across Devon as the initiative progresses.
Residents of Exeter, East Devon, Mid Devon and Teignbridge who are interested in Rapid Charging coming to a location near them, are being asked to take part in an online survey. To access the survey and for more information on Rapid Charging Exeter visit www.rapidchargingexeter.co.uk.