Green light for state-of-the-art rapid electric vehicle chargers in Exmouth, Exeter, Cranbrook and Topsham

Neighbourhoods in Exmouth, Exeter, Cranbrook and Topsham  are set to receive state-of-the-art rapid electric vehicle charging points.

Plans for the cutting-edge hubs have been given the green light by Devon County Council’s (DCC) highways committees

It is the next phase of a private-sector-led scheme that includes DCC, Regen, Co Cars, ZPN Energy and Gamma Energy.

Sites selected in Exmouth are St Andrew’s Road and Halsdon Road.

Younghayes Road in Cranbrook has also been picked, along with Holman Way in Topsham.

In Exeter, charge points will be installed in Blackall Road; Sydney Road; Gloucester Road; Buddle Lane; West Avenue; Hamlin Lane; Barnfield Hill; Gladstone Road; Iddesleigh Road; St Leonard’s Road; Aldens Road; Exwick Health Centre; Mallard Road and Pinhoe Road.

Funded by Innovate UK and the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles, the project aims to deliver a network of charge points across Exeter and the surrounding area over the next two years.

It is part of a nationwide move to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality.

The Government has announced a ban on the sales of new cars and vans powered wholly by petrol and diesel from 2030.

A key aim is to increase local access to electric vehicle charging points for those areas where people can only park on the street.

The rapid chargers have been developed by ZPN Energy, while Gamma Energy, based at Exeter Science Park, has developed the renewable energy technology that will power the chargers.

The rapid chargers use a cutting-edge energy storage system enabling vehicles to charge very quickly.

A typical unit will provide 75 miles of travel after 30 minutes of charge (25Kwh) at a cost of £7.50 (30p per Kwh).

Councillor Stuart Hughes, DCC cabinet member for highways management, said: “We know that many are seriously considering buying an electric vehicle and access charging points will be a major factor in their decision.

“DCC has been working with a number of partners recently including Highways England and the district councils to deliver a network of charging points across the county.

“This exciting project with the public sector is a major part of that and will give residents access to charge points in the heart of their communities.”

Gamma Energy has developed the technology to power the chargers using 100 per cent clean energy.

The Pinhoe Road, Gladstone Road, Hamlin Lane, Buddle Lane and Sydney Road sites in Exeter will also have a Co Car – as will those in Cranbrook and Topsham.

A dozen plots in Teignbridge and other in Bovey Tracey, Dawlish, Kingsteignton and Moretonhampstead have also been given the green light.

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