Zest and North Yorkshire Council have worked together to open the first in a series of rapid charging facilities in Helmsley, Malton, and Pickering.
The initial deployment provides six dual-socket charge points across the three market towns, Cleveland Way Car Park in Helmsley, Water Lane Car Park in Malton and Eastgate Car Park in Pickering.
The charge points will be provided, operated, and maintained over the long term by Zest, at zero cost for the council. Yorkshire-based expert contractors, Jones Electric, have been engaged to carry out the installation.
Rapid DC chargers provide power at 50 kW (125A), use either the CHAdeMO or CCS charging standards.
“We’re delighted to partner with Zest to provide rapid charge points in Helmsley, Malton, and Pickering,” said Councillor Keane Duncan, North Yorkshire Council’s executive member for Highways and Transportation.
“Our strategy is to support North Yorkshire residents and businesses, and ensure we remain a destination of choice for visitors with electric vehicles.
“As the EV market continues to grow, we are determined to keep pace with the demand for a high-quality charging experience.”
“These high-quality micro hubs inject vitality to rural towns, making it easier to switch to EV, attracting new visitors and encouraging business to invest,” said Robin Heap, Zest CEO.
“North Yorkshire Council is backing its ambitious strategy with bold action, and we are proud they chose to work with Zest.”
Based in Leeds, Zest provides EV charging infrastructure to local authorities and commercial real estate across the UK. Its projects are backed by the government-sponsored £420 million Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund (CIIF).