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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 will be leasing parking bays to Instavolt who will be installing 50kw rapid car chargers at Deane House and Blackbrook Sports Centre in Taunton, Alexandra Road in Minehead and Exmoor House in Dulverton.

Each site will comprise one or two 50kW DC rapid charge points and will start to be switched on later in the spring for public use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Users will be 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 will be contactless using a debit or credit card and on a no subscription, pay-as-you-go basis.

SWT are planning to install electric vehicle charge points in many of the car parks identified in the Countywide Electric Vehicle Charging Strategy. The Council will be working with a supplier from Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation (ESPO), a nationally based procurement framework, to install 22kW fast chargers in the car parks across the district.

Users will be able to locate the charge points through easily accessible apps. Payments will be made using a no subscription, pay-as-you-go system. The installation will start during the spring/summer of 2021.

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.

Installation works will start during 2021 with go live scheduled during Q2 of 2022, and users of these charge points will enjoy free usage during the first twelve months of this world first pilot.