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‘Source West’ EV charging point network gets major upgrades

By / 2 years ago / Latest News / 1 Comment

The ‘Source West’ EV charging point network is being upgraded including the addition of more chargepoints under a move intended to help advance ULEV take-up in the region.

The network is getting 120 new points next year with more to follow

Bristol City Council, along with local authorities for Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset, has been awarded £7.1m from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) for the upgrades as part of the Go Ultra Low West (GULW) programme, which will see at least 120 new chargepoint connections added across the four regions over the next year and more to follow.

The project will see Alfen, which has its UK base in Bristol, supply the chargepoints while Siemens will be responsible for installing and servicing them and ChargePoint Services will operate them.

The project was developed following a research project last year, where existing and prospective EV owners were asked how the network should be run, managed and supported in the future. The research found EV owners wanted more charge points, in enforceable spaces, with better reliability.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “In order to meet ambitious environmental goals, shared across the region, we must help people transition to low carbon and clean transport options. Upgrading our charging network is part of the answer and this will help both existing and future EV drivers to charge their vehicles more easily. Ensuring we develop a resilient charging infrastructure will give more people the confidence they need to embrace this technology.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

One Comment

  • MARK EDWARDS25. Jun, 2019

    These new chargers will get less use than the existing chargeyourcar/polar chargers,
    50p connection plus 30p per kW instead of polar plus £7,80 per month and free charging on slow chargers and 10.8p per kW on rapid chargers.
    Look what’s happened in Coventry, far less use.
    So short sighted and a money making operation