Oswestry's first electric car charging point almost on way

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Staff reporter (Border Counties)

OSWESTRY’S first service station electric car charging port could be on the way after plans were revealed.

Zero Carbon Futures in conjunction with Esso Garages, has proposed to install the ‘quick-charging’ point at Mile End Services to meet the expected surge in electric car purchases.

The proposed 24/7 charging dock will be one of 150 to be installed in service stations up and down the UK over the next 18 months.

Details of how much it will cost to use the dock have not been specified.

Agents EC Harris state: “These network operators and retailers are aiming to be at the forefront of Low Carbon Vehicle development and promote the use and ownership of EV’s (Electric Vehicle) in line with their corporate and business objectives.

But with the proposed Mile End point only able to accommodate one vehicle at a time and taking up to 25 minutes to provide an 80 per cent charge, the Advertizer’s motoring editor, Roger Anthony, questions if the ‘quick charging’ point will have people queuing up to use it.

He said: “Even though I see the addition of a charging point at Mile End Services being a welcome sight for those owners of electric cars who do venture a bit further out from our urban conurbations, I cannot really envisage it getting a great deal of use from passing trade as it were.

“Of the four EVs I have tried so far their range is still very limiting – anything between 60 and 80 miles on a full charge – dependant, of course, on how fast you wish to travel and how much of the precious ‘juice’ you use on driver/passenger creature comforts such as heating and air conditioning.

“Owners of pure EVs have to plan their journeys in advance to make use of the charging units located in service areas such as at Mile End, and as I have not seen any locally owned electric cars on the road I suspect that there certainly won’t be much of a queue to use the planned charging point there.”

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