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UK-first charging hub unites solar power and energy storage

A new EV charging hub that includes solar power and energy storage – said to mark a UK first – has gone live in Dundee.

The hub includes six eVolt Raption 50kW Rapid Chargers and three 22kW eVolve chargers

The hub includes six eVolt Raption 50kW Rapid Chargers and three 22kW eVolve chargers

Introduced through the Office for Low Emission Vehicles’ (OLEV) Go Ultra Low programme, the hub is located on Princes Street in the city centre and features rapid charging units, 18 bays of solar canopies and an integrated energy storage system utilising second-life EV batteries.

The hub includes the latest versions of eVolt’s rapid charging units, including six Raption 50kW Rapid Chargers, capable of charging two vehicles simultaneously in approximately 30 minutes, and three 22kW eVolve chargers.

Fraser Crichton, transport officer at Dundee City Council, said: “We are so excited to have completed our latest EV infrastructure project as we continue to drive our e-mobility vision. With over 100 pure electric taxis in the city this hub will be vital to support our taxi fleet as well as benefiting the wider EV community.”

It follows the launch of the city’s first charging hub at Aimer Square in April while the local Queen Street car park will also get six rapid chargers and two eVolve later this year.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 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.