Hackney Council has installed the first publicly accessible on-street rapid charging posts for electrical vehicles in London, so increasing the charging options of EV users in the capital.
The three units, which are supplied by APT Technologies a leading innovator in EV charging solutions, are the very latest Tri-Rapid Chargers and are located in Shoreditch, Dalston and Hackney Central.
Cllr Feryal Demirci, Hackney Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Sustainability, announced the formal launch of the on-street charging network: “The Council is committed to improving air quality in the borough, including supporting the development of electric vehicles both locally and across London.
“We hope this network will make charging more accessible, efficient and practical, in particular enabling electric taxis and private hire vehicles, as well as other commercial vehicles such as those used by courier companies, to recharge during the working day.”
Principal Transport Planner at Hackney Council, Ben Kennedy, says that the Council is committed to sustainability: “Hackney has a reputation as one of London’s most innovative boroughs, and this is reflected in encouraging the transition to an e-mobility society for residents, visitors and commercial vehicles”.
“Making these on-street rapid EV charging points available for public use is an important development, and we have been delighted to work with the engineers at APT Technologies to make this a reality.”
In order to supply ever-effective charging and reliability, APT Technologies brought in the leading back office service provider ChargePoint Services (CPS) that offers GENIE, an operating platform with reporting and analysis functionality.
Alex Bamberg, Managing Director at CPS, says London is seeing a new chapter in the provision of EV charging solutions: “Working with local authorities, such as Hackney Council, means we are well-placed to help bring reliable rapid charging infrastructure to the capital and help continue to drive the adoption of electric vehicles.”
Charging at 43kW AC power and 50kW DC power, the highly efficient Tri-Rapid Chargers have an eight-inch LCD screen ensuring simple user interaction, real-time consumption data and a constantly refreshed charging cost, measured on a pay-as-you-go basis.
A sub-15 minute charging time ensures a fast and efficient turnaround, while the unit caters for the charging requirements of all types of EV, whether it is plug-in hybrid or fully electric.
Justin Meyer, General Manager for APT Technologies, says that the new charging points provide many benefits: “They help local authorities to place ‘green’ energy solutions at the forefront of their sustainability agendas”.
“They are easy to install, easy to use, and will encourage the wider take-up of electric vehicles by ensuring a rapid ‘re-charge’ is publicly available.”