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More charging points for electric cars needed in Gloucestershire, says campaigner

By The Citizen  |  Posted: June 01, 2014

By Matt Discombe

Gareth Beard with his hybrid Vauxhall Ampera

Gareth Beard with his hybrid Vauxhall Ampera

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MORE electric car charging points are needed in Gloucestershire to fuel the transport of the future, according to a campaigner.

Gareth Beard has driven his hybrid Vauxhall Ampera from his home in Chaddleworth, near Newbury, to his work in Gloucester Business Park every day since taking up the job in February. But he has noticed a lack car of charging points in public spaces throughout the county.

Now, he is calling on organisations such as Gloucestershire County Council, large retailers such as Tesco and The Victoria Pub near the business park to consider improving the infrastructure for hybrid and electric cars.

Gareth said: “Electric cars are currently caught in a ‘catch 22’ because organisations won’t install car charging points because not many people have electric cars, but if the infrastructure isn’t there to support them, not many people will buy electric cars.

"Since moving to Gloucestershire I’ve noticed that there are hardly any public places with electric charging points, and I really want to break this cycle.”

There are currently just two car charging points in Gloucester- at Asda in Quedgeley and Cotswold BMW in Cole Avenue near Holmleigh Park, with two more in Cheltenham, according to Chargemaster.com. The M5’s new Gloucester Services on junctions 11A and 12, which was opened earlier this month, also has car charging facilities.

Gareth has also asked Hucclecote Parish Council and Virgin Fitness if more charging points could be fitted.

Gareth said: “It costs far less to charge the batteries on an electric car than to fill up on petrol. It costs me 50p to go 30 miles in an electric car compared with £6 in petrol.

"Electricity is definitely the fuel of the future and will lessen our reliance of fossil fuels. There is a lot of traffic in Gloucester and if more of our cars were electric it would also lessen the emissions coming from exhausts and create cleaner air.”

Karen Hicks, landlady of The Victoria Pub in Hucclecote Road, said: “I certainly sympathise with Gareth because there does need to be more facilities, and if we can find a feasible way of providing for electric cars we would consider it.

"Electricity is the fuel of the future. But what Gareth was proposing was to allow electric car users to charge from our mains supply, which is not really practical. However, we would be more than happy to find a way around it.”

Gloucestershire County Council’s local sustainable transport fund programme manager Richard Cornell said: “Encouraging local people to use environmentally-friendly and cost-effective transport is a priority at the county council and we are looking into the possibility of installing a number of electric vehicle charging points to help meet this need. The cost would be met by the Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund.”

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  • IsitJimKerr  |  June 03 2014, 9:07AM

    Kay....look at the reds, and have a think about where you are going on this. facts are, it costs a huge amount to make these cars, and they are hugely subsidised by us, the taxpayer. And has been said, cars are getting more and more efficient. One way or another, you are converting one fuel type to another, and that's always going to produce relative levels of inefficiencies.

  • tishwash  |  June 02 2014, 6:29PM

    @toadhall99 you should look into facts :) As for them running all the time yes they are but they rarely create more power than needed, there's a whole art behind it. As for start stop technology this DOES NOT work. It's been developed and works in tests and places like London where you stop most the time, but not in places like Gloucestershire where it starts and stops so quickly. sometimes it's more efficient to keep your engine running than to turn it off and start it again :)

  • zinboya  |  June 02 2014, 12:01PM

    Do these charging points have payment meter,s on them??, 50p for 30,miles, what is the charging cost, for say fully charging the battery, this is to cheap, should charge him £2,pound per 30,miles.

  • VladPootin  |  June 02 2014, 10:50AM

    Electric cars are only doing the environment good until you have get a new battery. The battery disposal process isn't very green-friendly. Surely hydrogen is the way forward?

  • Mike_Smith_Gl  |  June 02 2014, 9:58AM

    I understand Mr Beard's points but why single out The Victoria Inn at Brockworth (which I know very well going there every Sunday for their superb lunch)? It seems a totally unsuitable place for a charging point as there is no "drive in- drive out" facility. Perhaps Mr Beard should move to Reykjavik in Iceland where there are free charging points everywhere --- but then, they do have geo-thermal power!

  • toadhall99  |  June 02 2014, 7:50AM

    A power station is always running. A car engine isn't. Apart from that a large number of modern cars are very fuel efficient ( using start/stop technology as an example ). By the way how much heat and radiation is given off by spent nuclear rods that has be stored for centuries?

  • Kay_Powell  |  June 02 2014, 12:09AM

    I'm not an engineer, but I think that the answer is that the internal combustion engine wastes a huge proportion of the fuel that it uses as heat, which it can't reclaim. Power stations make better use of their fuel, that's why mains electricity, used to charge batteries, is a cheaper way to run a car, even if you take petrol tax out of the equation.

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  • toadhall99  |  June 01 2014, 10:06PM

    This is not intended to have a go at anyone, but how is it better for the environment? The power station is burning some sort of fuel unless it's nuclear then that opens the debate on spent fuel storage...

  • emseaell  |  June 01 2014, 9:48PM

    if you want an electric car get a Scalextric

  • Kay_Powell  |  June 01 2014, 6:52PM

    It depends on the engine size and driving style. Around £4-£5 per 30 miles is more usual for a petrol car, but it's still much cheaper and better for the environment to use an electric car. Of course there should be more and faster charging points for electric cars.

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