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18 new EV charging points in place at 10 locations across the city and there are more to come

Eighteen new fast EV charging points have been installed in Cardiff as part of a successful bid to the OLEV Residential Charge Point Scheme.

The chargers installed and managed by SWARCO E.Connect form part of a pilot scheme to evaluate the benefit of having EV charging points on street in residential areas.

In line with the requirements of the successful bid, the new 7Kw electric chargers, which fully charge a vehicle in four to six hours have been installed in residential areas, where there is little or no off-street parking.

Both petrol and diesel cars emit dangerous emissions and recently the Council has launched a clean air project to significantly reduce NO2levels in the city centre.

By 2040, the UK Government has set a target that all new cars and vans sold in the UK should be zero emissions capable, whether this is battery electric, plug in hybrid electric or hydrogen.

The Council has set out that over 90 vehicles in the Council's fleet will be converted to either electric or hybrid engines by 2020, with plans to convert the remaining smaller fleet by 2022.

The EV chargers have now been installed and are operational in the following locations:

  • Canton: One charge point has been installed at Butleigh Avenue, two charging points at Victoria Park Road West and two charging points at Anglesey Street.
  • Riverside: Two charging points in Turning Head Car Park (Llandaff Fields), two at Severn Road Car Park and one point at Rennie Street.
  • Cathays: Two charging points on Maindy Road
  • Plasnewydd: Two charging points at Penylan Library
  • Penylan: Two charging points at Waterloo Road and two charging points at Stallcourt Avenue. 

Cllr Michael Michael, Cabinet Member for Clean Streets, Environment and Recycling said:

"The locations that have been chosen are based on requests from members of the public and where there is a current demand for EV charging points. There will be a further 10 EV chargers located at five separate sites and these will be confirmed shortly following consultation with Western Power Distribution.

"We are actively seeking to develop a solution that will provide a wider network in the city, working with industry and other partners to procure a network fit for the future."

"Recently the Council announced a partnership with Engenie to install 12 rapid charging points in the city. With these EV chargers a car can be 80% charged between 30 and 60 minutes.

"Moving forwards, we realise that that even more people will chose hybrid or electric vehicles in the future and the infrastructure has be put in place in properties across the city to make this viable. This is why we are working with developers to give clear guidance on future planning applications and as part of the assessment, we will support proposals which deliver opportunities for the use of electric vehicles."

To access the points please register at swarcoeconnect.org or download the SWARCO E-Connect app for Android and Apple devices.