hackney council

Hackney Council have launched their first on street rapid charger for public use. The new unit was unveiled last Wednesday and is now open for business.

Hackney Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Sustainability, Councilor Feryal Demirci, formally launched the new charger saying, “The Council is committed to improving air quality in the borough, including supporting the development of electric vehicles both locally and across London. We hope this network will make charging more accessible, efficient and practical, in particular enabling electric taxis and private hire vehicles, as well as other commercial vehicles such as those used by courier companies, to recharge during the working day.”

This new rapid charger can deliver 43kW AC power and 50kW DC power. An LCD screen guides the customer through the process and provides real-time consumption data and costs.

The units charge in a pay-as-you-go fashion and the majority of electric vehicles should be able to receive up to an 80% charge in under 30 minutes. A marked improvement on many other types of charging unit.

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The Hackney Council rapid charger is officially opened

75% of the funding for these new “Evolt Tri-Rapid” chargers has come from OLEV (the Government’s Office of Low Emission Vehicles). Transport for London has provided the balance for the project. There is an initial fee of £20 for customers wishing to register to use the chargers and a £20 per year administration fee.

Justin Meyer, the General Manager for APT Technologies who have supplied the new chargers, said that the new charging points “… help local authorities to place ‘green’ energy solutions at the forefront of their sustainability agendas. They are easy to install, easy to use, and will encourage the wider take-up of electric vehicles by ensuring a rapid ‘re-charge’ is publicly available.”

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