New solar powered EV charging hub unveiled in Gamston

A new EV charging hub has opened at Gamston Community Centre in Nottinghamshire which can charge up to 100 cars a day.

The BP Pulse enabled hub, located in Rushcliffe, can now see EV users quickly charge their vehicles up to 80% in just 30 minutes and within touching distance of the adjacent major route of the A52.

It’s the latest installation of EV charging points from Rushcliffe Borough Council as part of its Carbon Management Plan to support sustainable transport choices.

It will see the facility able to charge up to 100 vehicles per day, 98% of which will in time be powered by natural light, helping even more residents and visitors to the Borough protect the environment, improve air quality and lower carbon emissions.

The site is another facility for EV drivers, adding to the Council’s current network of sites available in Keyworth, Radcliffe on Trent, Cotgrave and Rushcliffe Arena in West Bridgford. Its seven sites across the Borough are now home to 21 charging points, set to increase to 34 by the end of 2022.

Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Communities and Climate Change Cllr Abby Brennan met with Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment and Safety Cllr Rob Inglis, Cllr Jonathan Wheeler and Cllr Davinder Virdi to view the site and discuss its features.

Cllr Brennan said: “The charging point is an essential part of our work to become Carbon Clever and help reduce the environmental impact of our operations and become carbon-neutral by 2030.

“As a Council, we’re committed to installing more electric vehicle charging points across the Borough, to help expand on the current network of sites available in Keyworth, Radcliffe on Trent, Cotgrave, Rushcliffe Arena and now Gamston.

“This will continue to encourage the use of electric or hybrid vehicles, as the infrastructure to support them becomes even more convenient and available to residents.”

The authority has been able to provide the site as part of the Transforming Cities Fund, working on low carbon emission transport infrastructure that will encourage people to make the shift to electric vehicles.

Cllr Inglis added: “We’re once again thrilled to bring more public electric charging points to Rushcliffe by providing this new solar powered facility in Gamston and just yards from one of our major road routes.

“Across Nottinghamshire, Rushcliffe residents are among those who purchased higher numbers of electric vehicles and we thank them for sharing our commitment in making the environment a priority.

“This infrastructure will continue to support residents to make the switch to greener transport and complement our existing sites with more to come later this year.”