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A new West of England partnership has selected Alfen to revamp the region’s electric vehicle (EV) charging network and accelerate the take-up of zero or low emission vehicles. Alfen’s partner Siemens will be responsible for installing and servicing the charge points, whilst Alfen’s technology partner, ChargePoint Services, will be responsible for operating the chargers.
Bristol City Council, along with local authorities for Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset, will be upgrading the current ‘Source West’ EV charging point network, as well as adding at least 120 new charge point connections across the four regions over the next year with more to come in the years thereafter.
The project was developed following a research project last year, where existing and prospective EV owners were asked how the network should be run, managed and supported in the future. The research found EV owners wanted more charge points , in enforceable spaces, with better reliability.
The new charging network is funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) who awarded the four West of England authorities £7.1million of funding as part of the Go Ultra Low West (GULW) programme. The project’s aim is to promote the uptake of electric vehicles, including plug-in hybrids, across the region.
On behalf of the four local authorities, Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “In order to meet ambitious environmental goals, shared across the region, we must help people transition to low carbon and clean transport options. Upgrading our charging network is part of the answer and this will help both existing and future EV drivers to charge their vehicles more easily. Ensuring we develop a resilient charging infrastructure will give more people the confidence they need to embrace this technology.”
Alex Earl, Alfen’s UK Country Manager, said: “With our UK base being in Bristol, we are particularly delighted to have been selected by the West of England partnership to roll out our charge points across the sub-region. With our focus on high quality, robust, intelligent units and our experience of over a decade producing EV chargers, we are confident that, together with our partners Siemens and ChargePoint Services, we will provide a high level of service to EV drivers and do our bit to reduce pollution in the area.”