The latest site to join the BEC EV charge point network is Park Gate flats in Hove. The flats already have 100kWp of BEC community owned solar PV on the roof and now the solar can be used to charge residents’ electric cars.
Research tells us that access to charge points is one of the main reasons people put off making the switch to an EV. The most common locations for residential EV charge points are houses with private driveways. But this isn’t feasible for those that live in flats or terraced houses, for example. Therefore at Park Gate we’ve located the charge point in a non-reserved bay – any resident can access it. And as it’s connected to the solar on the roof, charging during the day will mean their car runs on clear, green, locally produced electricity.
BEC will also be talking to the residents to find out more about their attitudes to electric cars and charging as part of our wider research project funded by Power to Change