UK’s first electric car charging station to be built near Bristol
Portishead will be the first place in the country to get an electric car charging station which can charge up to four vehicles at a time
The UK’s first electric car charging ‘station’ is to be built near Bristol.
The K:Port – which will charge up to four electric vehicles – will be built in the turning circle of the car park at Parish Wharf Leisure Centre in Portishead.
The facility is the first of its kind to be built in the UK and has been designed by leading architects Hewitt Studios LLP.
The station is part of the Go Ultra Low (GUL) West Project and funding of £370,000 for the project has come from the Department of Transport’s Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
The new charging port comes at the same time as North Somerset Council converts 40 per cent of its fleet of cars to electric vehicles.
The four-bay wooden station will be partially run by solar energy. It will have two charging points, each of which can charge two vehicles at the same time.
People will be able to fully charge their electric cars within 20 to 30 minutes. It is hoped the charging station will be up and running by December.
As part of the work, the car park at Parish Wharf will be resurfaced and no parking spaces will be lost as a result of the installation.
All of the West of England authorities have been awarded funding to increase the use of electric vehicles.
However North Somerset is leading the way with the construction of the K:Port and a consultation on the plans has now been launched.
A council spokesman said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for North Somerset to be first in the country to have a K:Port charging hub to benefit residents.
“The Go Ultra Low West project has brought many advantages including converting 40 per cent of North Somerset’s fleet to electric vehicles.
“It has also assisted work places to install electric charging points for visitors and staff.”