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Bristol to get its first rapid charge hub


Bristol’s first rapid charge hub is due to go online this summer, with four rapid charge points planned for Eastville Park, near the M32.

The plans are for the rapid charge points to be installed – reckoned to be 50 kW units – with a toilet block, and food & drink kiosk to be built too.

The hub forms part of Bristol’s aims to promote the uptake of EVs, which include EV discounts, business grants, car clubs, and scrappage schemes. It its part of the Go Ultra Low West project, funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles.

Councillor Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member for Energy and Transport at Bristol City Council, said: “Bristol has committed to be a city that runs entirely on clean energy, and to have clean air. We’re determined to meet local demand for charge points to enable as many residents and businesses as possible to switch now to electric vehicles.

“Electric vehicles are one part of Bristol’s emerging transport strategy. We need to support the growth of EVs and ensure we have the right infrastructure in place.

“To make the charging hub more convenient and attractive for customers, we are adding new toilets and a food and drink kiosk, making the best use of our limited funding to enhance the experience of anyone visiting Eastville Park. We hope seeing the new public infrastructure will encourage more people to make the switch to EV in the next few years.”

The Eastville hub is part of plans to install 120 public EV charge points in the region, including a further three hubs spread out in the Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire, and North Somerset areas.