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Electric vehicle charge points

Electric vehicle charging points have been identified as a priority area and SWT have worked with SCC, the other district councils and our external consultants WSP to produce the Countywide Electric Vehicle Charging Strategy, which was approved and adopted by SWT in December 2020. The Strategy has been produced to help deliver an effective electric vehicle charging network for Somerset and identifies numerous car parks where it recommends the installation of electric vehicle charging points.

The SWT Climate Change team have been working on the following projects:

SWT have leased parking bays to Instavolt who have installed 50kw rapid car chargers at Deane House and Blackbrook Sports Centre in Taunton, Alexandra Road in Minehead and Exmoor House in Dulverton.

Each site comprises one or two 50kW DC rapid charge points and are available for public use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Users are able to locate the charging stations easily using apps such as Zap-Map or via the InstaVolt website, or the newly launched InstaVolt app. Payment are by contactless using a debit or credit card and on a no subscription, pay-as-you-go basis.

SWT have now installed electric vehicle charge points in many of the car parks identified in the Countywide Electric Vehicle Charging Strategy. Working with Swarco, the council have installed 22kW fast chargers in the following locations:

Further installations are ongoing at the following locations and will be live this summer.

Users are able to locate the charge points through easily accessible apps such as Swarco eConnect and Zap Map . Payments will be made using a no subscription, pay-as-you-go system.

Somerset West and Taunton have host authority status for the DC Share project.

The project will use smart DC meshing technology to link four local substations from across the town centre, sharing their unused capacity to power 15 rapid electric vehicle charge points which will include ten 50kw chargers and five 100kw chargers. The locations are Canon Street, Firepool South development and the Coal Orchard development.