Electric car charging hub opens in Eastville Park

November 25 2019
Electric car charging hub opens in Eastville Park

BRISTOL'S first electric vehicle charging hub has launched in Eastville Park.

It is the first of four planned for the region, each housing four to eight rapid-charge connections that can charge a vehicle up to 80 per cent in 30 minutes.

A new toilet block is also being installed, as well as bird and bat boxes and several new trees.

The opening event, on November 20, coincided with the launch of Revive, a new council-owned public electric vehicle charging network in the West of England, taking over from previous network Source West. 

Revive will serve electric vehicle drivers in Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.

The four local authorities will install an additional 120 new or replacement charge point connections across the region over the next year. The majority of these new charge points will be supplied with 100 per cent renewable energy provided by Bristol Energy, Bristol City Council’s own energy supply company.

Councillor Kye Dudd, cabinet member for Transport at Bristol City Council, said: “Revive will provide us with a critical service for residents and visitors - reliable EV charging.

The improvements will make it easier for more people to use electric vehicles, by providing more charge points across the West of England and a simplified payment system.

Revive contributes to our One City vision of improving sustainable transport options for Bristol, alongside electric car clubs, electric freight deliveries, more electric vans in council fleets and electric taxis. Electric vehicles also help us improve air quality in Bristol, as they do not produce tailpipe emissions when running.

Enabling more people to switch to clean electric vehicles is one of our key strategies for addressing the climate emergency and delivering a carbon neutral Bristol by 2030.”

A map of existing, planned and suggested charge point locations is now available.

Revive is funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), which awarded the four West of England authorities £7.1million 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.

Revive membership is free and charging will be on a pay-as-you-go basis. They will be able to charge at any 'GeniePoint' charge point across the country.

Plans to build the charging hub in a corner of Eastville Park had caused controversy with one campaigner describing them as an 'environmental horror story'.

People living next to the site said they didn't believe its setting, next to a nature spot, was the right place for it.

They were also angry that the authority would have to fell trees, which absorb large amounts of CO₂, to make way for the hub. 

Despite receiving 19 objections and just six letters in favour of the proposals, the council agreed to press ahead at a meeting last December.