Installation of a new network of rapid charging points for electric vehicles (EVs) is underway in Poole, Bournemouth and Dorset.
Over the next 10 weeks, the ChargerNet partnership will install 18 EV chargers benefiting electric car drivers who live, or work in the region as well as those visiting the areas. There will be five rapid chargers installed in Poole with a further five in Bournemouth and eight in Dorset.
Rapid chargers extend the range of electric vehicles by recharging them in less than 40 minutes, compared to the 4-8 hours it usually takes to charge at home, allowing people to continue with their journeys and businesses to keep their electric vehicles on the roads all day.
Seven chargers are currently being installed, with the first charger at Poole’s Civic Centre pay and display car park already available for use. There is a small charge of £4 for using these EV rapid chargers. Drivers can join the Charge Your Car scheme or pay by phone or Charge Your Car app.
It will take approximately one week to prepare the electricity supply and install the charger unit at each of the remaining sites.
It is anticipated that the rest of the chargers will be available in April and May in the following locations:
- Ashley Road, Poole
- Old Orchard, Poole
- Poole Road, Westbourne
- Seldown Lane
- Lighthouse Arts Centre
- Hawkwood Road car park, (adjacent to library), Boscombe
- Madeira Road multi storey car park
- Richmond Gardens multi storey car park
- Pound Lane car park, Kinson
- Christchurch Road, near Lansdowne roundabout
- East Street car park, Bridport
- Saxon Square, Christchurch
- Trinity Street car park, Dorchester
- Charmouth Road car park, Lyme Regis
- Harbourside car park, Weymouth
- Allenview West car park, Wimborne
Nigel Hutton, Transport Policy Manager, Borough of Poole, said: “These new chargers are really great news not only for those people who already use electric vehicles but also for those residents and businesses who may be thinking about using them in the future.”
Ian Kalra, Head of Transportation Services, Bournemouth Borough Council, said: “We are currently rolling out the town’s largest ever transport programme to give people better options on how they travel. Electric vehicles are a great choice for those wanting to travel longer distances but reduce their emissions at the same time. “
DORSET is set to make big strides in attracting drivers of electric cars with the announcement that 15 rapid-charging points are to be installed.
Borough of Poole, Bourne-mouth Borough Council and Dorset County Council have jointly secured £723,000 from the Government to provide the fast-charge stations around the area.
The aim is to make long journeys in electric cars viable by removing the ‘range anxiety’ that is associated with most current models, which typically cannot travel more than around 100 miles before they need juice.
Rapid charging points can recharge an electric car in 40 minutes, compared to the four to eight hours needed to top-up using a standard home charger.
The funding will see four new points in Poole, three in Bournemouth and eight around the rest of Dorset.
Their locations have been chosen due to their proximity to the main north-south-east-west routes or to provide somewhere once drivers get to the coast.
Cllr Xena Dion, cabinet portfolio holder for a prosperous and sustainable Poole, said: “This funding is great news, not only for those people who already use electric vehicles, but also for those residents and businesses who may be thinking about using them in the future.
“Especially as electric vehicles are not only a lot cheaper to run but also good for the environment too. We also look forward to welcoming visitors to the town, who will now have the reassurance that they can easily ‘top-up’ their electric vehicle before their return journey.”
Cllr Hilary Cox, cabinet member for environment at Dorset County Council, added: “This is a solution to the chicken and egg problem facing motorists, who want to drive low energy cars but worry about recharging them.”
Cllr Michael Filer, cabinet member for transport for Bournemouth Borough Council, said: “We hope these new charging points encourage electric car owners to visit our vibrant tourist town now they know they have a place to charge their car, as well as promote the benefits of electric cars to our local residents.”
Work to install the rapid charging points will start in the spring and the project will be completed by the end of 2014.
Where the sites will be Where the rapid charging points will be:
New Orchard, Poole
Serpentine Road, Poole
Ashley Road, Poole
Poole Road, Westbourne
West Hill car park, Bournemouth
Bournemouth Travel Interchange, Bournemouth
Hawkwood Road main car park, Bournemouth
The exact locations of the rapid charging points in Dorset will be announced soon.