Bristol City Council has been working with leisure centre partner Everyone Active to install a mixture of rapid (50kW) and fast (7-22kW) charge points as part of the Revive public charging network.
A rapid charger will average 20-25kWh of charge in 30 minutes, allowing a car to travel up to 90 miles. It would take around 200 people riding exercise bikes to generate the same amount of electricity in half an hour.
EV charge points are one of the many things the council is doing to help residents reduce their impact on the climate and air pollution by switching to electric vehicles. To use the charge points, users can sign up to Revive at www.revivecharging.net.
Councillor Nicola Beech, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Climate, Ecology, Waste and Energy, said: “Bristol is already leading in many aspects of sustainable transport and this includes the shift from polluting diesel and petrol cars to clean electric ones.
“Electric cars are becoming much more popular with many more people buying them new or second hand. We are making this easier by expanding our popular charge point network to provide convenient charging facilities for more people.
“Switching from a petrol or diesel car to an electric one will help us reduce harmful air pollution in Bristol and reduce emissions which cause climate change. Alongside walking, cycling and public transport electric cars will be an important part of how we reduce our transport emissions.”
The chargers at Horfield, Easton and Kingsdown Leisure Centres will be available for use by the general public, as well as leisure centre customers. This will be particularly useful for people who live nearby and are not able to charge an electric car at home.
In addition, solar hot water systems will be installed at Easton Leisure Centre in 2021 to reduce the swimming pool gas consumption by over 50%.
Gary Teagle, contract manager at Everyone Active in Bristol, said: “We are proud to support the council in their mission to create cleaner air with the installation of electric vehicle charging points at some of our leisure centres across the city.
“Having these charging points at our centres offers the perfect opportunity to combine a 30 minute rapid car charge with a 30 minute workout session in the leisure centre, so users can take care of both themselves and the planet at the same time.
“We hope the new charging points will encourage Easton, Horfield and Kingsdown centre users, and the wider community to access to this initiative and support the city in its long-term vision for a cleaner environment.”
Installed as part of the Go Ultra Low West (GULW) project, funded by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV), Bristol City Council has now installed 30 of the planned 50 fast and rapid public charging bays in convenient locations across the city.
To find out more about where new charge points are going, including where charge points have been switched over from the previous Source West vehicle charging network, drivers can head to Travelwest.
The council is also offering residents the opportunity to suggest where they would like to see more charge points, including residential locations, as it plans for a future expansion of Revive. Residents can fill in their suggestions via a form on Travelwest which also includes a map of where people have already suggested new sites.
For more information about GULW visit https://travelwest.info/drive/electric-vehicles/go-ultra-low-west
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