Swansea has seen a further 48 new electric vehicle (EV) charge points installed at 13 council-owned car parks. With all the new chargers now connected to the mains, these latest additions mean there are now 80 EV charge points at 25 council car parks around Swansea.
The new charge points, which are operated for the authority by Clenergy EV, enable EV drivers to charge their cars while at the shops or on a trip to the beach. Ten of them are located at the new Bae Copr Bay De/South car park, underneath Swansea Arena.
“The newly-installed charge points have been chosen following discussions with ward members and other groups and organisations. They are specifically located for convenience for day-trippers and people shopping in local communities,” said Andrea Lewis, Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for Service Transformation.
“The utility company have now connected all the charge points to the mains and they will give many years’ service to our communities.”
All the charge points are ‘fast chargers’, capable of delivering 7-22 kW to owners’ vehicles while they are out and about, and all are powered by electricity from 100% renewable sources. The new EV charging points have been paid for by the Welsh Government Ultra Low Emission Vehicle Transformation Fund.
“Swansea Council has a commitment to be a net zero carbon council by 2030 and for the city as a whole to achieve that target by 2050. The new crop of EV charge points are the latest step in the right direction and it’s our plan to increase their numbers over the coming years. This is just the start,” Lewis added.
Will David, CEO at Clenergy EV, also commented on the new installations: “We are delighted to continue to support the City of Swansea Council’s charge point rollout.
“The first set of charge points have already provided 270,000 zero-emission miles to EV drivers in the area since 2020. That number will only increase as more and more Swansea residents start switching to cleaner modes of transport.”
There are now 80 EV charge points at 25 council car parks around Swansea.
In addition, Swansea Council is leading by example on its own fleet of electric vehicles, aiming to complete its switch from traditional petrol and diesel to ultra-low emission vehicles in the next few years.
The council already has the biggest public sector fleet of electric vehicles in Wales and aims to add 25 more vehicles in the coming months to the 60 it already operates.
A full list of the locations of the city’s network of charge points www.swansea.gov.uk/electricvehicles.