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Engenie begins roll-out of EV chargers in Cardiff

The company will install 12 rapid charging points across the Welsh capital in 2020, powered by renewable energy and compatible with every EV on the market.

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Providing an electric car infrastructure is a key focus for Cardiff Council
Providing an electric car infrastructure is a key focus for Cardiff Council

UK rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging operator Engenie has installed the first of 12 rapid EV charge points in Cardiff city centre.

 

The initial deployment is part of a wider roll-out that will more than double the number of rapid chargers in the Welsh capital. Building an electric car infrastructure is a key area of focus in Cardiff Council’s transport and clean air strategy.

 

Renewable energy

 

Each site is powered by 100 per cent renewable energy and will host two rapid charging points. The first sites to be installed are located on Bute Crescent and Howard Place, with a further two sites to follow shortly after at Windsor Place and King Edward VII Avenue in Spring this year.

 

The final two sites will follow at strategic locations across the city centre. Once complete by mid-2020, there will be 12 chargers located across six sites.

 

“By partnering with a progressive company like Engenie, which installs, manages and maintains the rapid chargers, we’re able to deliver essential EV infrastructure at no cost to the council,” said Michael Michael, cabinet member for clean streets, recycling and environment, Cardiff Council.

 

“This influx of private investment into the city means we can continue to drive investment back into vital public services.”

 

Each rapid charging point 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 80 miles of charge in 30-60 minutes. Once complete, the council reports, local EV drivers will benefit from one week of free charging at the new sites.

 

“This influx of private investment into the city means we can continue to drive investment back into vital public services.”

 

Recent work by Public Health Wales estimates that the equivalent of over 225 deaths each year – or 5 per cent of all deaths – can be attributed to particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in the Cardiff and Vale Health Board area, with thousands more suffering from long-term illnesses.

 

More than 90,000 commuters travel in and out of Cardiff each day and spend an average of four working days a year stuck in traffic during peak periods. According to the council, the development of the Engenie EV network in Cardiff could have a significant impact on air pollution and remove up to two tonnes of harmful NO2 from the city centre.

 

Electric car infrastructure

 

Developing electric car infrastructure features in Cardiff Council’s green paper on transport and clean air which was published in October 2019. Changing how we move around a growing city 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.

 

“We’re making EV charging a simple and easy process for visitors, businesses and residents of Cardiff by installing the most user-friendly rapid charging points available today,” added Patrick Sherriff, property director, Engenie.

 

“Our partnership with Cardiff council is supporting drivers making the switch to EVs as well as the council’s plan to improve air quality in the city.”

 

In January, Cardiff Council unveiled a £2 billion transport vision designed to transform Cardiff and South East Wales’ transport network. Its Transport White Paper lays out an ambitious 10-year plan to tackle the climate emergency, reduce congestion and improve air quality in the Welsh capital. It was launched following consultation with thousands of city residents, health and transport experts.

 

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