Devon County Council (DCC) has formed a consortium with two private companies, ZAPINAMO and Gamma Energy, to install and operate 150 electric car charging points on Exeter’s streets. This will increase the number of publicly-accessible charging points by some 400% within the next two years, increasing the attractiveness of electric vehicles for journeys to and within Exeter. The increased uptake and use of electric vehicles in Exeter will help reduce levels of air pollution and enable a cleaner source of vehicular travel.
Typically, a StreetHUBZ unit will provide 50 miles of travel after 30 minutes of charge, more than three times that provided by an average home-charging unit. This would facilitate return journeys between Exeter and towns as far afield as Torquay, Okehampton and Sidmouth.
ZAPINAMO will design, build, install and maintain the StreetHUBZ chargers, which will use a cutting-edge low power electricity supply and energy storage system, enabling easier installation and faster charging. Gamma Energy will own and operate the infrastructure, and Regen, an Exeter-based not-for-profit centre of energy expertise, will monitor the charging points’ usage and support user engagement.
The project will complement Co-Cars’ rollout of electric vehicles in Exeter, as users of the car club will be able to use designated charging points. It is hoped that this will encourage more Exeter residents to transition from car ownership to car sharing.
The project follows a successful funding bid, supported by Councillor Stuart Hughes, DCC’s Cabinet Member for Highways Management, to Innovate UK, a government pot investing in science and research. A separate project, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, will deliver at least 25 electric vehicle charging points elsewhere in Devon. By using both the StreetHUBZ chargers and these additional charging points (in communities such as Barnstaple, Totnes, Tavistock and Newton Abbot), electric vehicles’ range will be further increased, as charging will be possible between outbound and return trips.
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