Rapid EV chargers set to double in Cardiff
Cardiff Council has given planning permission for the first four of 12 new rapid electric vehicle (EV) charge points from Engenie. Once complete, the deal will more than double the number of rapid chargers in the city centre.
The chargepoints will be powered by 100% renewable energy and are expected to be installed by the end of the year at strategic locations across the city centre. The first sites to receive planning permission are located on Bute Crescent and Howard Place.
Each rapid charging point is simple to use, requires no membership or connection fee and operates with standard contactless payment cards. The chargers are compatible with every EV on the market today and provide an 80% charge in just 30-60 minutes.
Cardiff Council’s recent Green Paper on transport and clean air proposes a range of changes to improve the city and start a conversation with the people of Cardiff to shape the future direction of the city.
The Clean Air Strategy will adopt “smart city” approaches, beginning with new technology – such as Engenie’s chargers – and predictive software to support intelligent infrastructure management networks across the city to tackle air pollution.
Engenie will cover all costs associated with installing and servicing the rapid charging points. It will also share profits with the council, allowing the city to hit climate targets, generate revenue and support its sustainable growth plan.
Michael Michael, Cabinet Member for Clean Streets, Recycling and Environment, Cardiff Council, says: “By welcoming private investment into the city from forward-thinking businesses like Engenie – which installs, manages and maintains rapid charging points at no cost to the Council – we’re leading the charge when it comes to rolling out EV infrastructure, while generating additional revenue streams to invest back into vital services.”
The council will monitor the 12 chargers closely over the next 3-6 months, with the potential for the scheme to be extended to more city locations with the support of local distribution network operator (DNO), Western Power Distribution (WPD).
The consultation on Cardiff Council’s Green Paper closes on 1st July and the Council is looking for resident responses on a range of proposals, including decarbonising the bus fleet, developing active travel zones, increasing cycle networks and introducing clean air zones.