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On Friday 21 September 2012 we launched our first publically accessible charging post for electric vehicles (EV) in a collaborative event with Port of Felixstowe. The event was started with a personalised message from Norman Baker MP and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport and concluded with a convoy of electric cars driving down to Felixstowe to launch their charging post too.
After the video from the Minister there were brief presentations from Keith Bevis, Source East and Heather McInroy Business in the Community ways2work. The BT post was ‘launched’ by the Adastral Park travel plan manager, Andrew Cassy, alongisde Steve Watson, BT Fleet with the recharging of two of the electric vehicles on display that day.
After the launch, a selection of EV’s currently on the market were on display for employees to see and test drive, including three of the iconic Vauxhall Ampera, a Peugeot iOn and VW Kangoo van. A small convoy of electric vehicles then travelled down to Felixstowe Port where Stewart Bethell launched their post and gave a guided tour of the port.
Visitors travelling to the site can recharge their electric vehicle with their Source East card (also available for short term loan from reception if required). Other charging posts on this network can be seen by checking the Live Availability online map.
Employees working at Adastral Park can also make use of two further charging posts with dedicated parking bays next to the central Hub building. These posts were put in place back in 2008 as an early signal to encourage people to consider electric vehicles as those vehicles become more accessible.
Andrew Cassy says “Until recently the wider network of retaillers and charging points has been a significant constraint for all bar the enthusiasts. The time is now right though as these barriers are coming down, with battery and vehicle technology improving, coupled with the financial incentives from the Government. All the mainstream manufacturers now having an EV or hybrid car available to buy or soon to be launched. So I expect to start seeing more vehicles needing to use the charging posts in the near future.”
- Q: Are there any plans to roll this facility out to other GDC sites
- A: As far as we are aware no plans for any other sites as they do not have a travel plan nor sponsor to fund these local initiatives.
- Q: At Adastral Park, is there some online detail, or documentation about the trial / EV charging points.
- A: The two original charging posts next to the Hub are shown on the site map (the charging points shown near B56 are for electric bicycle recharging only!), plus the newer public post in the visitor car park by reception is shown on the SourceEast website, along with details for how to join that scheme. Long term loans for RFID keys to the Hub charging posts are available to Adastral Park employees via reception. Short term loan of cards for the Source East posts are also available from reception if you don’t have your own card.
- Q: Do the Charging parking spaces need to be booked in advance?
- A: No, first come first served basis until this becomes an issue.
- Q: How many of them are there?
- A: two 3amp by the hub plus two in visitor car park (one 3Kw & one 7Kw Mennekes)
- Q: Is there any guarantee of visitors being able to hook-up and recharge, most electric cars have a limited range and without a re-charging facility I would probably not have enough battery power for my return journey.
- A: Not at the moment, but with current usage this is not an isue.
- Q: Is there a charge for the facility, or electric used?
- A: Not at present thoalthough this could change as demand increases, there maybe a cost for the public Source East network usage
- Q: Are there any limitations or restrictions on charging time?
- A: Not at the moment.