Working in partnership with North Somerset Council, Yunex Traffic (the new name for Siemens Mobility’s Intelligent Traffic Solutions business), has installed and commissioned two rapid charging units for a new electric vehicle (EV) charging hub in Portishead, Somerset.
With two 50kW rapid DC charging units serving four parking bays, the hub forms part of Revive, the dedicated charging network for the West of England, for which Yunex Traffic has installed more than 70 EV chargers for charge points across the South West region. The rapid chargers are fast and accessible, typically enabling EV drivers to charge their vehicles in just 30 to 60 minutes.
Cllr Bridget Petty, North Somerset Council's Executive Member for Climate Emergency and Engagement, said: “The new rapid charging hub near Portishead Marina, along with the growing Revive network, is a positive move towards our vision of a greener transport system which is kinder to the environment.
“The project also serves as a demonstration hub, showing us the ‘art of the possible’. We hope it will get the young minds of today questioning where their energy is coming from."
Wilke Reints, Managing Director, Intelligent Traffic Systems for Siemens Mobility Limited, said: “As the ownership of electric vehicles rapidly increases, the chargers at Portishead and across the Revive network are providing EV drivers with much needed charging facilities. The rapid chargers are well suited to drivers who are ‘on-the-go’, helping address the issue of charging time, which is one of the key barriers we’re seeing when it comes to transitioning to an electric vehicle.
“The hub has a familiar look and feel for drivers, with a similar layout to existing fuel stations, but with a fresher, more modern and sustainable feel. Our team provided full design, consultation, supply, installation, commissioning and support to North Somerset Council and are proudly working on a range of EV infrastructure projects in towns and cities across the UK, adding to more than 400 rapid charging units that we have already supplied.”
Situated close to Portishead Marina in Somerset, the hub is part of four that are being delivered across the region to help encourage drivers across the West of England to switch to EVs.