Hull City Council has appointed Swarco to supply, install, operate, and maintain 20 new EV charging points in a £150,000 investment in new electric vehicle charging infrastructure to support one of the largest fleets of electric vehicles in the region and more than double capacity at a city centre public car park.
The council has a fleet of more than 350 vehicles, but has committed to becoming zero-emission, with 43 vehicles already fully electric and another nine on order.
The council’s first ever 50kW ‘rapid’ charger will be installed at its main Stockholm Road Depot, which will be able to charge most vehicles in around an hour.
Another standard charger will be installed at Stoneferry Bridge to provide additional resilience to support the team who look after the city’s nine bridges spanning the River Hull. This new investment complements an extensive range of fleet chargers already installed in previous phases across the council’s sites throughout the city.
In the city centre, 13 new 11kW chargers will replace six older chargers at the popular Osborne Street multi-story car park to meet increasing demand, including fully accessible chargers, confirming to PAS1899 standard, which will be easier for people with mobility issues to use. The car park is popular with commuters, shoppers and visitors to the nearby Connexin Live Arena and part of the council’s strategic approach to ensure city centre car parks have charging facilities.