Drivers of electric cars in the region are now able to charge their vehicles in Beverley as Flemingate introduces the first electric car-charging points in the town.
The three electric car-charging points, situated within Flemingate’s 500-space multi-storey car park, are compatible with all current and future electric vehicles, including some hybrid models.
Hull-based Genelec, an electrical contractor specialising in renewable projects, has installed WallPod EV (Electric Vehicle) Commercial Charging Points for free use by shoppers and visitors to the centre.
The points charge 60% faster than a 13amp domestic socket and power up a typical electric car in approximately two and a half hours.
Graham Tait, Flemingate Centre Manager, said: “Drivers are more environmentally conscious than ever before, with electric vehicles becoming increasingly popular.
“These are the first public electric car-charging points in Beverley and we’re sure drivers of green cars will find them very convenient.
“Parking at Flemingate costs just £1 for three hours which is more than enough time for electric cars to be fully charged while their drivers wander around the shops, have a bite to eat or see a film at Parkway cinema.”
Installed in partnership with local Nissan dealer, Trenton (Hull) Ltd, the launch of the electric car-charging points will showcase the world’s best-selling electric vehicle, the Nissan LEAF. With over 65,000 sold globally, the LEAF is Nissan’s latest generation of all-electric cars, capable of a range of 155 miles.
Ian Tattersall, Electric Vehicle (Innovation) Specialist at Trenton (Hull) Ltd, said: “Trenton is delighted to help any business that is contributing to the infrastructure for electric vehicles in the area.
“One of the issues that holds people back from committing to green-powered vehicles is the availability of public charging points. This service fills the void in Beverley and at an ideal location.
“We’re delighted to have contributed to the installation of these fast-charging points and to be working with Flemingate to promote the benefits of fuel-free driving.”
The electric car-charging points are situated on the third floor of Flemingate’s multi-storey car park and are free for customers paying to use the car park.
Flemingate has recently achieved the coveted Park Mark® Safer Parking Award for delivering a safe and crime-free parking experience.
The 16-acre Flemingate development – Beverley’s largest-ever regeneration project – is a £120m scheme by Hull-based Wykeland Group. In addition to the shopping centre, it is also home to the East Riding College campus, an 80-bed Premier Inn hotel and six-screen, 1,000-seat digital cinema, Parkway, as well as 130 high-quality homes.