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Work begins on new charging hub in Portishead

1:36pm - 07 September 2020
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Work to deliver a new electric vehicle charging hub in Portishead starts this week.

The charging hub, which will be conveniently located at Parish Wharf Leisure Centre, will allow electric vehicle (EV) owners to charge their cars in just 30 minutes. 

With two rapid chargers, each of which can charge two vehicles at a time, the hub will double the number of charging points in Portishead town centre.   

Electric vehicle owners will be able to use the leisure centre, visit nearby supermarkets or pop for a coffee at Portishead Marina, all while charging their car nearby. 

As one of four charging hubs planned across the West of England, including Eastville Park Hub in Bristol which opened in 2019, the Portishead Hub is part of a wider project to promote the uptake of electric vehicles.

All four charging hubs will be on the Revive network, a council-owned public EV charging network in the West of England, which serves EV drivers in Bristol, North Somerset, BANES and South Gloucestershire.   Funding for the charging hubs has come from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), which awarded the four West of England authorities £7.1 million as part of the Go Ultra Low West (GULW) programme. 

Cllr James Tonkin, North Somerset Council's Executive Member for Transport said: “The hub will provide reliable EV charging for Portishead residents and visitors, making it more practical for people to make the switch to electric vehicles, which are cleaner, quieter and cheaper to run than petrol or diesel cars”. 

“The Go Ultra Low project has also seen the council convert 40 per cent of its vehicle fleet to electric and will see charging points installed at other key locations across North Somerset this winter, with the first planned for Kewstoke.”

Cllr Bridget Petty, the council's Executive Member for Climate Emergency, added:“Transport accounts for 42 per cent of North Somerset’s carbon emissions so enabling the switch to clean electric vehicles, alongside other sustainable forms of travel, is one of our key strategies for addressing the Climate Emergency and delivering a carbon neutral region by 2030.”

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