New rapid charger installed in Isle of Wight; open to public in October

New rapid charger installed in Isle of Wight; open to public in October


In a joint partnership between Isle of Wight Council, Hampshire County Council and Southern Electric (SSE), a new pay-per-use electric vehicle rapid charging point has been installed Newport, IOW.

The Isle of Wight charge point is located in Chapel Street car park, Newport (PO30 1PU) adjacent to Scarrots Lane. What’s more it is a multi-standard unit, allowing for usage by a full range of different electric vehicles. The charging point supports CCS, CHAdeMO and AC rapid charging.

SSE is responsible for the installation and operation of all the charge points. The firm has indicated that the Chapel Street charge point will be ready for public use during October.

The cost of using the charging point is yet to be finalised but any vehicle using the service will be entitled to free parking while it is charging.

Sean Woodward, executive member for economy, transport and environment at Hampshire County Council, said “Hampshire County Council along with the Isle of Wight Council wants to make a contribution to the development of innovations aimed at cutting carbon emissions. Helping encourage greater use of electric vehicles is one way we can achieve this”.

“One of the barriers to people buying electric vehicles is easy access to quick and universal charging points. This new rapid charge point will be a good starting point in breaking this barrier down.”

This is the first of several charging points that will be installed as part of a scheme funded by the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). It will see the introduction of similar electric car charging points in Hampshire and Oxfordshire.

SSE’s David Farr, Project Manager for Sustainable Transport, said: “We are delighted to be part of a project helping the Isle of Wight create a low carbon transport network providing a speedy charge point for electric vehicle drivers on the island.

“We look forward to installing more in the coming months across the Isle of Wight, Oxfordshire and Hampshire as the popularity of electric vehicles increases.”

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