Over one hundred electric vehicle (EV) chargers have been installed at one of Swindon’s largest housing developments.
The EV chargers have been installed alongside resident parking bays at Wichelstowe, a residential development on the southern edge of Swindon.
Environmental sustainability is a core commitment to this new development, which has been a collaborative project with Barrett Developments and Swindon Borough Council.
Over the next 20 years, the partnership will deliver 3,000 new homes on the 250-hectare site, along with three primary schools and a secondary school.
It is hoped that by offering this access to EV charging facilities that it will encourage home buyers and residents to choose EVs.
The infrastructure will support over 130 charging points, with chargers installed below the ground and connected to a small plug-in socket or wireless charging pad above ground.
Cllr David Renard, Leader of Swindon Borough Council said: ‘I’m proud to see Wichelstowe leading the way again with an electric vehicle charging network that is available to visitors as well as residents and whether you live in a four-bedroom home with a driveway or a stylish waterside apartment.
‘Having such an extensive network of charge points will help give people the confidence to make the switch to electric.’
Wichelstowe project director, Daniel Pavely added: ‘Installed in the ground alongside parking bays, the technology will allow the residents and their visitors to be able to charge their electric vehicle from the shared parking facilities – unlike many other developments where this is only really possible for people with driveways.
‘As well as installing ready-to-use chargers, the system will make electric vehicles a realistic, practical choice for hundreds of residents who will be able to benefit and connect to an EV network.’
In related news, a new electric vehicle (EV) charging hub will be delivered in Lanarkshire thanks to a partnership with the Scottish government and SP Energy Networks.
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