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New public electric vehicle charge points for the Caerphilly county borough

Posted on : 20 Jan 2020

New public electric vehicle charge points for the Caerphilly county borough
Work has begun to install sixty-five electric vehicle charging points at thirty-four sites across Gwent, including eleven sites in the Caerphilly county borough.

The project is being delivered in partnership between the five Gwent local authorities: Caerphilly County Borough Council, Torfaen County Borough Council, Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Newport City Council and Monmouthshire County Council.  Funding for the project has been provided by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), with match funding provided by each local authority.  The installation is being undertaken by Welsh company Silverstone Green Energy, who will also manage and maintain the charge points until 2025.

Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales both contributed funding towards a feasibility study to support development of the project.

The eleven car parks in the Caerphilly county borough set to receive electric vehicle charge points are located at:
• Abertridwr Library car park, Abertridwr – 1 double charge point
• Blackwood Bus Station Market Traders  car park, Blackwood – 2 double charge points
• Dyffryn Terrace car park, New Tredegar – 1 double charge point
• Dynevor Terrace car park, Nelson – 2 double charge points
• High Street car park, Ynysddu – 1 double charge point
• Navigation Street car park, Trethomas – 2 double charge points
• Oakfield Street car park, Ystrad Mynach – 2 double charge points
• Longbridge Car Park, Risca – 2 double charge points
• Station Road car park, Llanbradach  - 1 double charge point
• The Twyn Car Park, Caerphilly – 2 double charge points
• West View car park, Newbridge – 1 double charge point

Caerphilly Town Council is providing a financial contribution to the charge points being installed at the Twyn Car Park.

The points being installed can charge from 7kW to 22kW depending on the capacity available during the time of charging.  The aim is for all installations to be complete by 31st March 2020, with the charge points operational from April 1st 2020.

Sites proposed across Gwent were selected following a Gwent regional electric vehicle charge point feasibility study, which looked at all local authority owned car parks to determine which ones met the OLEV On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme requirements.  Western Power Distribution was also engaged as part of the study to determine suitability of sites and costs to provide the electricity supply.  A public consultation exercise was also carried out to determine current and future demand. 

Cllr Sean Morgan, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Transportation and Sustainability at Caerphilly Council, said “As well as helping current owners of electric vehicles, particularly those without off-street parking, we hope that the installation of new charging hubs will also encourage greater take up by our residents; helping to lower our carbon emissions.  Taking a regional approach to electric vehicle charging will also make travelling throughout Gwent easily accessible to owners of electric vehicles.”

In the Caerphilly county borough there are currently publicly available electric vehicle charge points at the Gallager Retail Park, Caerphilly (2 * 7kW and 2 * 50kW charging units).

The best way to search for charge points is to use Zap Map and zoom in to the relevant local authority area.

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