Yesterday I had a mailer come through from printing specialist RCS printing in Retford Notts. It arrived on my desk via one of the admin team here with the phrase “launch of our Rapid Charger” circled, obviously with me in mind.
I admit at first I thought that it must be some kind of printing technology I am not aware of but on looking at the attached newsletter there is a picture of one of the ABB fast chargers in this company’s car park. Not only is this the first publicly available fast charger but it is also part of a strategy that sees 5 staff driving Nissan Leafs. Excitedly I rang Michael Todd at RCS who turns out to be an EV evangelist after my own heart.
I am so very impressed and I cannot understand how central government can be beaten to this feat by a relatively small company. I know that there are issue around the standard that will be used by car manufacturers but surely 20 or so strategically placed rapid chargers would give EV owners a chance to stretch the legs of their vehicles. It’s also worth noting this rapid charger is the first privately owned DC charger to be installed in the UK.
If more rapid chargers were available we would not need as many public charge points – with a 20min charge giving 80% capacity the chargers would not have to be hooked up to cars all day. A quick ‘back of a fag packet’ sum tells me this makes this type of charger more cost efficient as well. There is still a place for for slower chargers in the workplace etc. but for shopping trips getting an extra 5 – 10 miles range after an hour and a half is not really that useful.