The Director’s Take
Sites needed for state-of-the-art rapid electric vehicle chargers
Last November the government announced the end of the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in the UK by 2030. That’s a mere nine years away and the onus is now on towns and cities to roll out charging provision for the resulting increase in electric vehicles. One of the biggest barriers to electric vehicle ownership is lack of off-street parking, an issue which affects thousands in Exeter. Enter on-street rapid charging – these chargers are capable of pumping in 75 miles of range in just 30 minutes and are a key part of the solution to making EV ownership accessible. There is a pressing need for these chargers in neighbourhoods across Greater Exeter.
Leading the charge in Exeter and its surrounds is Rapid Charging Exeter – a partnership of organisations including Wenea, Co Cars and Devon County Council. The team have plans to bring charging hubs to neighbourhoods across the city. Most of the hubs will also come complete with a brand-new electric car from Co Cars for community hire. This means that some will be able to get rid of a second car or even a car altogether. Others may want to try an EV before taking the plunge. Each hub will have four rapid charging points.
The Rapid Charging Exeter team has identified sites but are looking for more. If you’d be interested in having a site on your land (it needs to be urban, so it’s easy for people to access), or if you think you know of a suitable site, then please let Chamber know: [email protected] or call me direct.
Exeter Chamber Board Director