Sheffield’s Meadowhall shopping centre gains first rapid charging point
The scheme is a collaboration between energy company, npower, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and the four local authorities in South Yorkshire, and enables local businesses to get a significant discount on electric cars and vans, as well as a subsidy to install a charge point at their premises.
To support the scheme, a number of rapid charging points are to be installed across South Yorkshire, with Meadowhall being the first.
Launched by TV presenter Jonny Smith, the new npower rapid charger is capable of charging an electric vehicle to an 80% charge within 20-30 minutes.
Commenting on the Electric Vehicles Inmotion! Scheme, Phil Evans, head of e-mobility at npower, said: ‘We are working hard alongside the local councils to ensure the transition to electric powered fleets is smooth and effective, and the infrastructure support required, such as rapid charging points, is essential in this process. We have already seen real interest in the scheme and we aim to have up to 40 local companies signed up to Electric Vehicles Inmotion! by March 2015.’