In the UK, ABB technology has announced that it will be providing ultra-fast charging and high availability for EV drivers in York as part of a £2.2 million scheme. The scheme was developed to meet the growing demand for chargers as the city’s existing charge points are almost at capacity.
The City of York Council has said that its two new HyperHub sites, which are due to go live in June 2021 in Monks Cross and Poppleton. Each site will have eight bays for rapid and ultra-rapid charging, while the Monks Cross site will have 30 fast-charging points.
Funding for the two sites worth £1 million has come from the European Regional Development Fund and £800,000 from Office for Zero-Emission Vehicles (OZEV), with City of York Council contributing £400,000 to the Monks Cross and Poppleton facilities.
The concept was developed to provide charging for people living without off-street parking where it is difficult to deploy overnight charging. The council said that around 25 per cent of York’s housing stock is made up of terraced housing ie that have no driveways or garages. The sites are supposed to help people with enough power to add 100 miles of range within 15 minutes, which is usually enough for five days for the average driver.
ABB is equipping each HyperHub with four of their Terra High Power (HP) units for ultra-rapid charging at 175 kW, as well as four Terra 54 chargers for rapid charging within 90 minutes at 50 kW. At Monks Cross, 30 parking bays will host Terra AC chargers for customers to charge their vehicles over several hours.
The HyperHub sites have been designed and developed by renewable energy specialists EvoEnergy. The company will take responsibility for monitoring and maintaining the site after installing multiple technologies , including solar canopies and battery energy storage to integrate local green power.
Councillor Paula Widdowson, the executive member for climate change at the City of York Council, said: “We are delighted to be introducing the region’s largest EV charging hubs. This is exactly what our EV strategy has set out to achieve. Providing a future-proofed network with high-quality facilities to support increased demand. With associated air quality and climate change benefits, this will meet the needs of the next generation of plug-in vehicles.”