Electric car charging comes to Kingswood

July 30 2020

ELECTRIC car charging points are being installed in Cecil Road car park in Kingswood.

They are among 14 chargers being introduced in South Gloucestershire by March next year as part of a network of facilities for electric car drivers.

Other fast chargers are being installed at Laburnum Road car park in Hanham and Haynes Road car park in Staple Hill, while the Bristol & Bath Science Park in Emersons Green will become a “flagship” hub  with five rapid chargers, that can charge a typical electric car’s batteries in as little as 20 minutes, more fast chargers, and a solar canopy.

South Gloucestershire Council cabinet member for transport Steve Reade said: “We want to encourage greater use of electric vehicles and will be continuing to implement new schemes to upgrade and enhance the public charging network.

“It’s hoped that these improvements will give residents and businesses the confidence to invest in electric vehicles over the coming years and in turn to help lower carbon emissions.

“There are a range of benefits from electric vehicles, including improved air quality and economic benefits.”

The network will involve creating 40 recharging bays across South Gloucestershire, Bristol and B&NES, with funding given to the Go Ultra Low West partnership by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles.

More information about the scheme can be found online at bit.ly/3jn8j6M.

Fast chargers deliver 7kW to 22kW, which can charge a typical electric car in between one and six hours, and rapid chargers of 43kW or more, which can charge electric vehicle batteries in between 20 minutes and an hour.