Tuesday 02 January 2018
Two new electric vehicle charging stations are now available for the public to use.
The two stations are located in three-hour parking spaces along the southern wall of the North Beach car park.
Deputy Lindsay de Sausmarez, Member of the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure, said:
"The Integrated Transport Strategy encourages and supports the switch to electric vehicles, to help reduce the negative impact of road use on the environment. This initiative provides electric vehicle charging stations for the first time in a public car park in Guernsey - a facility that will enable more people (for example Town residents without access to domestic charging points, and people visiting the island in an EV) to use electric vehicles more easily.
"The Pay As You Go system means that locals and visitors alike will be able to charge their vehicle at North Beach without needing a subscription.
"We will monitor the use of the charging stations with a view to expanding the initiative into other locations if demand is sufficient."
Customers who use the charging stations will need to download the free App which allows access to the vehicle charging and payment system; details of which are available on the App and at the location of the charging units.
Electric vehicle owners wanting to use the charging units, but who do not have a smart phone or device, can access the charging units by calling the number displayed on the signs.
The customer can then select the time interval they would like to charge their vehicle, at £1.50 per one hour intervals up to a three hour maximum. Once the selected time interval is fulfilled the customer's account is debited through the online payment system.
To create a turnover of vehicles using the charging units, the spaces have been designated as 3-hour spaces (8am-6pm Monday to Saturday). The normal disc parking rules apply.
The charging stations have been installed by locally registered energy storage & EV charge point Company provider "Green Acorn". Managing Director Keith Hounsell said:
"We are pleased to have installed the first publically available E.V. charging stations on Guernsey and look forward to seeing the growth of electric vehicle usage in the coming years."
Complementing this initiative are three newly designated 10-hour electric and hybrid vehicle parking spaces immediately west of the charging units. The location of the charging and priority parking spaces will enable more scope for similar installations if there is future demand.
Guernsey Police said:
"The signs in the areas of the electric vehicle charging and the dedicated EV 10-hour parking spaces are clear. Non EV users found to be parking here are liable for a fixed penalty fine so we recommend that motorists adhere to the signs."
A short video demonstrating how to use the charging units, and a Q&A document, have been produced and can be found at www.gov.gg/sustainabletransport.