The first in a series of new electric vehicle charging points have been installed in North Somerset.
The 22kW charger provides two charging bay located in the local authority’s Sand Road car park. The chargers will enable electric vehicle owners visiting the area to use them – as well as local residents and businesses.
The series of new charging points will see 30 EV charging bays installed across North Somerset, highlighting the council’s commitment to its Climate Emergency and to creating more sustainable travel options for residents and visitors.
Both fast (7 and 22kW) and rapid chargers (50kW) will be in central locations or those with high visitor numbers,as part of the West of England local authority owned Revive network.
Revive allows users to pay for the electricity they use to charge, and will include use of North Somerset’s flagship rapid charging hub, due to open in the Spring.
The £7.1m investment from the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) for the Go Ultra Low West project will deliver approximately 120 EV charging bays across the Revive network overall – including a rapid charging hub in each of the four local authorities.
Cllr James Tonkin, North Somerset Council’s executive member for transport said: “We are working alongside the other West of England authorities to take a crucial lead role in electric vehicle charging infrastructure. By installing conveniently located rapid and fast chargers, we’re preparing for the move away from petrol and diesel cars in order to make it easier for residents and visitors to make the switch to electric.”
Parking orders will help ensure the smooth running of the charging network. In Sand Bay car park owners are asked to only occupy the EV charging bays while their car is charging – unless charging overnight.
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