Franklin Energy is set to install 22 rapid EV charge points across council car parks in Sheffield. The move comes as Sheffield plans a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) to be implemented in the city centre.
To cater for electric taxi drivers, ten of the 22 new charge points will be taxi-only. This is aimed at encouraging taxi drivers in the city to upgrade their vehicles to pure-EVs, making them exempt from the proposed CAZ charges
Costing £1.2 million, the project is being funded from central government’s Joint Air Quality Unit and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles.
New charge points will replace some of Sheffield’s obsolete EV charge points at Carver Lane car park in the city centre, and Parker’s Lane in Broomhall.
Work is already underway, and all 22 locations will be online and accessible on the Franklin Energy network by November.
Sheffield City Council is in the process of upgrading its fleet to ultra-low emission vehicles, with 12 electric cars and four electric vans added earlier this year.
Franklin Energy is one of Zap-Map’s dynamic data partners, so once the units are live, they will appear on the desktop map and app. Users can also find out live status information on Zap-Map, seeing whether the network’s points are available, out of action, or in use.