Park, Charge and Ride in Essex - cut emissions with new charging infrastructure

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Executive Summary

Essex County Council requested a replacement to an existing charging infrastructure that hadn’t been maintained adequately to two Park and Ride sites in Sandon and Chelmer Valley. This was a joint bid between Electric Blue and APT to support the drive to cut emissions within the county.

About Essex County Council

Essex County Council is the county council that governs the non-metropolitan county of Essex in England. Congestion and air quality issues are vocal concerns of local residents living in this area and the council are undertaking a number of measures to address these. Transport investment in key urban areas will focus on the most sustainable transport options that enable the efficient movement of large numbers of people and goods within the limited space available, freeing up space for development and an improved public realm. Providing high quality and viable sustainable alternative travel to encourage trips to be made using fast and reliable public transport. Ensuring that the different forms of transport are as integrated as much as possible and that people have access to up to date and new technology.

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The Challenge

Electric Blue needed to demonstrate that they could supply state of the art charging equipment and also prove longevity of supply and longer term contracts for managing and maintaining the equipment including appropriate SLAs.

Delivering best value for EV customers by only charging for power delivered and ease of use and payment.

Our Solutions

Electric Blue installed 4 x 7kW eVolve Fast Chargers, 2 at each site at no cost to the taxpayer and free charging as an introductory offer to encourage uptake. Each point can charge two cars at a time meaning that four cars can be charged simultaneously at each site and should take about four hours to fully replenish the battery.

Drivers can charge and pay using the Electric Blue App and only pay for the power that is delivered - no monthly fee. In line with our ethos at Electric Blue, there are no subscriptions, connection fees or minimum spends. Drivers pay around 25 pence or less per kWh, so for a 30 kWh battery it would cost £7.50 for a full charge resulting in a cost per mile of 7.1p.

Every charger installed by Electric Blue is powered by energy from 100% renewable sources.

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We will be carefully monitoring usage of the charging points and will invest in expanding the infrastructure once demand increases.

“We are pleased to be able to support Essex County Council in improving their EV charging at the Park and Ride facilities and look forward to playing a significant role in helping their residents improve air quality by converting to zero emission electric vehicles”

Electric Blue CEO Alex Calnan

“This project comes at zero cost to taxpayers and replaces the two chargers installed in 2011 and so doubles the capacity at each site.”

Cllr Ian Grundy, the Cabinet Minister for Highways

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