Despite being one year late, one of the largest electric vehicle charging hubs in the North has finally opened in York.
The Hyerhub has opened up next to the Monks Cross Park & Ride, with 38 charging points available - and better news, it's completely free "for a limited time" as the City of York Council encourages residents and visitors to use the facility.
The project was a partnership with EvoEnergy, but was hit with delays and had to ditch the initial opening date of July 2021.
The Monks Cross site features four 175kW ultra-rapid chargers (which can be upgraded to 350kW when vehicle charging rates make that worthwhile), four 50kW rapid chargers, with an adjacent area having 30 7kW chargers for park and ride users.
The ultra-rapid chargers can give many of the latest electric vehicles 100 miles of range in 10 minutes.
The 7KW chargers are designed to allow drivers to charge over longer periods of time if they are using the park and ride or shopping nearby.
The charge points do not require a minimum spend and can be paid for using contactless methods.
The hub also has a solar canopy which allows the site to generate its own renewable energy which can be stored in the Tesla Powerpack batteries at the charging hub, helping to reinforce the grid.
The council said 80 per cent of the £2.2 million HyperHubs project was funded through external sources.
Council leader Coun Keith Aspden said: “The new Hyperhubs not only offer sustainability, convenience and speed but are also one the cheapest places in the UK for rapid and ultra rapid charging (25 pence per kWh).
“Our electric vehicle charging strategy and work with EvoEnergy are key to the success of this project.
"The Hyperhubs are just the latest part of city wide work to support more sustainable travel and our efforts to make York cleaner and greener.”
Jonathan Roper, senior design engineer at EvoEnergy added: “The York HyperHubs, with elements such as rapid and ultra-rapid chargers, solar energy generation and battery storage, act as a technology showcase.
“Combined with GridBeyond’s management of the battery for participation in grid balancing services, the sites actually help to strengthen the electricity grid and will allow the latest electric vehicles – and the next generation of EVs – to charge in a hassle-free way, helping to reduce emissions from road transport in York.”
The City of York Council confirmed that the second site at Poppleton is set to open in the Summer.