Motorists across East Anglia can now recharge their electric vehicles in as little as 30 minutes at one of a network of 11 new rapid chargers, installed along the region’s strategic road networks.
Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are leading a Highways England funded project of seven local authorities, in Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex, working together to install rapid charging points along strategic roads in East Anglia. The project supports the Government initiatives to increase the number of electric vehicles and end the sale of conventional petrol and diesel cars in the UK by 2040.
Rapid charging points have been installed in Ipswich, UEA Norwich, Bury St Edmunds, Needham Market, Felixstowe and Great Yarmouth.
The rapid chargers are capable of charging two cars at a time and can substantially recharge the battery of an electric vehicle (EV) in just 30 minutes. Users will be able to pay via contactless debit/credit card or use their existing Swarco E-Connect network account.
With the new rapid charging points installed, the region is open to attracting more electric vehicles, helping with the uptake of the technology and boosting tourism to areas that visitors may not have considered before. This includes a newly installed rapid charging point at Needham Lake, which is now ready for use and will support EV users in the district.
Councillor David Burn, Mid Suffolk District Council cabinet member for environment, said: “We are delighted to be working with Highways England and leading on this innovative scheme. The installation of 11 new electric vehicle rapid charging points in the region will provide EV drivers with a greater level of confidence when out and about in rural East Anglia. It will also allow drivers to pop into our town centres, take a quick break or a visit to the shops and return to their recharged vehicle ready to go. Working alongside other local authorities means we are able to support our communities and local businesses in making better choices for the wider economy, public health and importantly, the environment.”
Highways England’s Mark Collins, Environmental Designated Fund (Carbon) Portfolio Manager and Project Lead said: “Highways England is committed to helping improve the nation’s air quality and decarbonising road transport by introducing charge points so that electric vehicle drivers can complete their journeys as easy as drivers of vehicles with traditional engines.
“We are delighted to have been able to work closely with Mid Suffolk District Council on this project which will give road users additional charging facilities just off Highways England’s network. The work is aimed at reducing anxiety, enabling drivers of electric vehicles to undertake longer journeys, reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality but will also bring additional benefits to the local community as people are able to visit the local area and shops whilst they charge their vehicles.”
EV Rapid Charger locations:
Norwich: University of East Anglia, Earlham Car Park, NR4 7TQ
Ipswich: Elm Street car park, IP1 2AP
Bury St Edmunds: School Yard East car park, IP33 3FS (low emission car park)
Needham Market: Needham Lake, IP6 8AX
Felixstowe: Martello Park North IP11 2EE
Locations yet to be completed:
Swaffham: Market Place, PE37 7AB
Dereham: Cowper Road, NR19 2DA
Great Yarmouth: Fullers Street, NR30 1PR
Harwich: The Quay CO12 3HH
Attleborough: Queens Square Car Park NR17 2AZ
Thetford: Central site TBC