Brighton & Hove’s electric vehicle infrastructure is continuing to grow with the introduction of three new rapid charging hubs at four city locations:

  • Preston Park
  • Ashton Rise
  • Victoria Road

A fourth at Brighton Racecourse will be installed later in the year.

The hubs are designed in the long term for Brighton & Hove’s fleet of taxis, but two bays at each hub can be used by any electric vehicle owner until such time that taxi uptake requires all the bays.

A rapid charger can fully charge an electric vehicle in as little as 30 minutes. Both rapid hubs and residential chargers cost 26p per kWh and are powered by 100% renewable energy.

Instructions on how to use the chargers can be found on the side of the hubs.

The new rapid charging hubs are in addition to the 207 on-street charging points installed across the city last year.

How can I charge my vehicle?

The new chargers have been installed by EB Charging, the Council’s long-term partner for installing, maintaining and operating electric vehicle charging points across the city.

Residents and visitors can find their nearest charging point by downloading the EB Charging app, ‘Electric Blue’, to their mobile phones. There is no subscription fee and no minimum spend. To celebrate the new chargers, EB Charging will be offering free charging for all users for the first month.

Following this, charging will cost 26p per kWh and is fuelled by 100% renewable energy. The council will receive 1p per kwh in year one increasing to 4p per kwh in year 4.

Growing EV infrastructure

“This is another great step forward in providing an infrastructure for the growing number of electric vehicles in the city. We want to see more of Brighton & Hove’s taxi fleet going electric and these new hubs will really support them to do that.

“Interest in EVs is increasing all the time so we need to be ahead of the curve when it comes to providing charge points.

“By giving residents and visitors that do need to drive the proper EV infrastructure, we can further reduce toxic emissions and move toward our goal of being carbon neutral by 2030.” says Steve Davis, the council’s lead on taxis. 

CEO of EB Charging Dan O’Hara, said: “We’ve been working closely with Brighton & Hove City Council for over a year to make electric charging points more accessible across the city and encourage more drivers to switch to cleaner, more sustainable electric vehicles.

“As a council, they’re leading the way in providing easily accessible chargers in a densely populated city, where space and parking is in high demand. These four new rapid chargers designed with the long-term goal of charging taxis are another great step in ensuring more journeys across the city will be electric in the future, and to improve air quality across the city for everyone.”

Date: 10/06/2021