Milton Keynes EV community charging hub opens


Milton Keynes Council has opened the first of two new planned EV charge hubs designed for owners and businesses who do not have available off street charging.

A total of three 7kW charge posts at Saxon Gate in Central Milton Keynes can serve up to six vehicles in dedicated parking bays.

The hub also provides three new 50kW rapid chargers, each with its own bay where users can charge at rapid speeds, and next year wireless charging will also be added.

A second hub located in Stony Stratford will open at a later date.

The hubs form part of the Milton Keynes Go Ultra Low City Scheme (GULCS), created using funding from the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV).

Saxon Gate will also host an EV car club operated by Enterprise Car Club with five new Nissan Leafs based there.

This will provide EVs that can be rented by the hour or day, with 24/7 access 365 days of the year.

The hubs are being set up for MK Council by a consortium which includes BP Pulse, Enterprise Car Club, University of Warwick and Arup.

Cabinet Member for Climate Action and Sustainability, Cllr Jennifer Wilson-Marklew said: “This is yet another fantastic project which will make life easier for those people with electric vehicles and those thinking about getting one.

“We’re serious about tackling climate issues in MK and will continue investing in projects like these to make a real difference.”

Dan Gursel, Managing Director of Enterprise Car Club, added: “We are delighted to be part of the first Milton Keynes Community Charging Hub.

“The hub means users can rest assured that they can recharge vehicles quickly when they need to and be confident driving an electric vehicle.”


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