Zest and North Yorkshire Council open rapid EV charge points


EV charging infrastructure network Zest has worked with North Yorkshire Council to open rapid charging sites at three car parks in Helmsley, Malton, and Pickering.

The rapid chargers can top-up vehicles in about 30 minutes, and are provided, operated, and maintained by Zest, meaning there are no costs for the council.

Based in Leeds, Zest provides EV charging infrastructure to local authorities and commercial real estate across the UK.

Its projects are backed by the government-sponsored £420 million Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund (CIIF) which means Zest can fully fund larger projects that anticipate future demand.

Zest engaged Yorkshire-based expert contractors, Jones Electric, to carry out the installation.

The next phase of the project will add two new charging facilities in Pickering and another in Norton-on-Derwent.

Councillor Keane Duncan, North Yorkshire Council’s executive member for Highways and Transportation said, “We’re delighted to partner with Zest to provide rapid charge points in Helmsley, Malton, and Pickering.

“Our strategy is to support North Yorkshire residents and businesses, and ensure we remain a destination of choice for visitors with electric vehicles.

“As the EV market continues to grow, we are determined to keep pace with the demand for a high-quality charging experience.”

Robin Heap, Zest CEO, said, “These high-quality micro hubs inject vitality to rural towns, making it easier to switch to EV, attracting new visitors and encouraging business to invest.

“North Yorkshire Council is backing its ambitious strategy with bold action, and we are proud they chose to work with Zest.”


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