Transport for Wales (TfW) have appointed SWARCO to install 21 rapid electric vehicle charge points in rural locations across the country.
TfW are working on behalf of Welsh Government to deploy rapid EV charging infrastructure across the strategic road network to facilitate long distance travel throughout Wales.
Following a recent tender process, TfW have appointed SWARCO to commence delivery of the network, which will be part-funded by the Welsh Government.
Steve Ward, Decarbonisation Programme Manager at TfW, commented: “We are delighted to appoint SWARCO to develop rapid electric vehicle charge points at 12 rural locations.
“We know a lack of facilities is a real barrier to people having the confidence to change to an electric car and can even influence decisions about holiday destinations. With charge points every 25 miles and simple contactless payment facilities these problems are now being tackled, at what is just the start of a longer-term ambition to see thousands of extra charge points delivered across the country in coming years.”
Justin Meyer, Managing Director of SWARCO UK, added: “We are extremely proud to have been selected as the preferred supplier for the provision and installation of a rapid charger network for Wales. We look forward to seeing drivers having the confidence to explore this beautiful country in electric vehicles knowing they can charge quickly and be on their way.”
The installation of the chosen sites will result in a rapid charge point around every 25 miles on the Welsh Strategic Road Network. Installations will be spread across four local authority areas: Ceredigion, Powys, Denbighshire and Gwynedd.
The sites will be located in council car parks in – Cardigan, Newtown, Welshpool, Crickhowell, Machynlleth, Talgarth, Corwen, Dolgellau, Porthmadog, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Bala and a public house car park in Llangurig.
Earlier this year SWARCO won a contract from Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure across multiple local authorities to enable taxi drivers in south-east Wales to charge their vehicles.
Image courtesy of Transport for Wales.