26th October 2020

‘Super-fast’ Electric Vehicle chargers unveiled for public use

Cutting-edge ‘rapid’ Electric Vehicle (EV) charge points have now been commissioned for public use in two Teignbridge car parks.

From this week EV users can charge their electric vehicles at the Chudleigh Library car park and Buckfastleigh’s Mardle Way car park. The £175,000 project is a partnership of Devon County Council (DCC) Teignbridge District Council, and South Hams District Council and has been made possible by funding from Highways England. The ‘rapid’ charge points are among the fastest chargers available – EVs should have an 80 per cent charge within 30 minutes, and will be operated by SWARCO and compatible with all EVs currently on the market.

This scheme is the latest example of Highways England’s Designated Funding programme assisting local authorities to improve air quality across the country, helping DCC and district councils to work together to deliver EV charging points along the A38 in Devon.

Currently DCC and the district councils are working to deliver the government-funded Deletti project, the first phase of which aims to deliver at least 25 charging points in public car parks across the county from early next year.

Councillor Jackie Hook, Teignbridge District Council’s Executive Member for Climate Change, said: “These two EV charging sites in Teignbridge mark a major milestone in our commitment to move to a more sustainable mode of transport, and we’re grateful to our partners at Devon County Council and Highways England for their contribution to this. Use of electric vehicles will be part of the solution to a cleaner, greener and more sustainable future, alongside increased use of cycling and walking, and better public transport links. We want to promote the use of all these modes of transport through improved facilities and increased safety, to give our residents more ways to reduce their carbon footprint.”

Please note that parking charges still apply for the charging bays and anyone using them should ensure they have complied with the time restrictions.