Electric vehicle charging station opens in Sand Street car park

The first of a new generation of public charging points for electric vehicles went 'live' today when Transport and Technical Services (TTS) Minister Deputy Kevin Lewis plugged in one of the States' electric Peugeot iOns at the new EV charging station in Sand Street car park.

Jersey Electricity provided and installed the chartging station in conjunction with TTS and it marks the first step in a network of public EV charging infrastructure around the Island. The States have designated two bays in five Town multi-storey car parks as part of a three-year trial to help encourage the use of EVs and reduce Jersey's carbon emissions in line with the Pathway 2050 Energy Plan.

A further eight EV charging points will be rolled out in car parks at Patriotic Street, Green Street, Minden Place, Pier Road and Jersey Electricity will install four more at its own Powerhouse car park during the coming months.

The chargers, manufactured by Rolec, can accommodate two cars at once in adjacent bays and deliver both a 16Amp and faster 32Amp charge. They can recognise how much charge an electric car can take so drivers can park up and charge their EVs while they go to work or shop.

JE CEO Chris Ambler said: 'We have long been committed to helping Jersey reduce its carbon emissions and view the electrification of transport as the next big step.

'As more and more EVs come on to the market it is important that public confidence in electric transport is enhanced by an accessible and reliable public charging infrastructure.

'We are pleased to have worked with TTS in taking the first steps to helping this become a reality.'

Deputy Lewis said: 'The States Energy Plan, Pathway 2050, sets out carbon reduction targets of 80% on 1990 levels by
2050 and over 40% of these savings are expected to come from transportation.

'In the Sustainable Transport Policy, TTS undertook to provide reserved parking and charging points in public car
parks to encourage the use of electric vehicles. I am delighted that we have
been able to work with Jersey Electricity to make this happen, starting with
Sand Street car park.

'A public EV charging network is also important to Jersey as a tourist destination
if we are to tap into the growing market of environmentally conscious
consumers.'