We're investing £2.2 million to develop sites next to Monks Cross and Poppleton Bar Park and Rides into high quality, high speed electric vehicle charging hubs. We have received grant funding of £1 million from European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and £800,000 from Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) to deliver HyperHubs. We're contributing £400,000.
The project will deliver 8 ultra-rapid electric vehicle (EV) chargers and 8 rapid chargers installed at 2 sites in York, accompanied by solar canopy arrays that will have a dedicated battery storage solution in order to support the energy grid during peak hours.
Hyperhubs aims to improve electric vehicle charging provision within York with Ultra Rapid and Rapid chargers that will significantly improve the speed of charging in line with the latest EV charging technologies.
The chargers will help the region to support the next generation of electric vehicles which have significantly larger battery capacities and support higher charging speeds.
See more information about HyperHubs in York:
- HyperHub locations
- HyperHub facilities
- HyperHub charging costs
- Construction timeline
- A cleaner greener city
The first 2 Hyperhub sites will be strategically located off the ring road next to established Park & Rides sites, providing convenient access from the ring road for residents, visitors, and through traffic:
The HyperHubs are open to anyone; they are located outside of the Park & Ride sites with open public access, like a petrol station. We've developed these first 2 HyperHubs next to Park & Ride sites because the sites are owned by us, which has allowed faster delivery.
The sites will be open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Each Hyperhub site will consist of:
- the creation of bays of EV chargers to allow residents and other drivers to park up and charge without the requirement of long stay
- solar photovoltaic (PV) canopies (100kWp) which will generate green electricity and keep users dry
- battery energy storage (348kW/507kWh), meaning that we'll be able to maintain a lower tariff than commercial operators can offer
Both of the HyperHub sites will contain 4 Ultra-Rapid (150kW) and 4 Rapid (50kW) vehicle chargers, helping to support the uptake of modern EV’s that have larger battery capacities and are capable of Ultra Rapid charging.
The charge time depends on the car and the amount of charge required (charging slows down above 80%), but as a guide 100 miles of charge takes approximately 30 minutes by rapid charge and 10 minutes by ultra rapid charge.
You will be able to leave your car at a HyperHub for 90 minutes; this is enough time to provide a full charge in any car.
In addition to the HyperHub facilities, Monks Cross Park & Ride will get 30 Fast charge points for Park and Ride customers to use (please note that fast charge points are slower than Rapid or Ultra-Rapid charge points).
The Monks Cross site is located next to Vanguard Shopping Park which has a good range of cafes and shops.
HyperHub charging costs
Rapid and Ultra Rapid chargers will cost 25 pence per kWh. This makes York one of the cheapest places in the UK for Rapid and Ultra Rapid charging.
After 90 minutes an overstay fee will be applied. We expect most customers to stay for around 30 minutes.
Fast charge points (not available at HyperHubs) will cost 20 pence per kWh.
Construction on both sites has started, and will be led by EvoEnergy. The new sites at Monks Cross and Poppleton are scheduled for completion in June 2021, with motorists being able to start using them from June or July 2021.
These 2 sites are the first HyperHubs to be developed in York, but more will follow in the future in order to meet the increasing demand for EV charging hubs. Our network is being significantly upgraded, by Summer 2021 we will have:
- 15 Rapid chargers
- 8 Ultra Rapid chargers
- 184 Fast charge points
This is supplemented by commercial providers.
City of York Council is contributing £400,000 to the total budget of £2,200,000; OLEV (Central Government) has provided £800,000 and ERDF (European funding) has provided £1,000,000. 82% of the budget is from OLEV and ERDF.
ERDF and OLEV have supported the Hyperhubs project in order to support our efforts to improve EV infrastructure within York. The funds will allow the project aims of increasing the uptake of Electric Vehicles and support residents that do not have domestic off-street parking to be able to trickle charge overnight.
This investment is just the beginning of the journey for City of York Council as we revitalise the electric vehicle charging network in 2021 ready to support the transition to EV.
For more information on the ERDF funding visit the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) website.
A cleaner greener city
We're a pioneer in the use of innovative green technology. Over recent years, the council has lead the way in providing a range of public charging facilities for electric vehicles to help reduce carbon emissions and improve local air quality thanks to EV’s eliminating nitrogen oxide emissions at the point of use.
York was one of the first cities to introduce a public electric network several years ago which has become really popular. In 2014 there were 1,510 charging sessions, by 2018 that had increased to 13,695.
The new sites come at a time when the nation prepares to transition across to using electric vehicles.
Central government has announced the phase out of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030, with plug-in hybrid sales to end in 2035. It is recognised that public charging needs to be improved to enable this to happen and we're taking a proactive approach. We also recognise the contribution that EV’s will make to achieving improvements in local air quality and reducing Climate Change emissions.
When we first developed the EV charging network in 2013, there were far fewer plug-in vehicles on the road. However, over the past few years, electric vehicle technology has progressed massively and these vehicles have now become a viable option for many everyday road users.
The 2 HyperHubs will support the next generation of plug-in vehicles, delivering high quality, high speed electric vehicle charging hubs for residents and visitors. The project works alongside our Public Electric Vehicle Charging Strategy, which will provide a high quality charging network that meets the needs of residents, fleets, and through traffic.
The Public Electric Vehicle Charging Strategy sets out how we will provide Fast, Rapid and Ultra Rapid facilities in York as all of these are necessary. We see HyperHubs as a very important part of this comprehensive network and believe that they have a crucial role in enabling motorists to switch to EV.
The development of this system will encourage private car owners, taxi drivers and business users to make use of the new facilities, therefore, improving the city’s overall carbon emissions.
Smart Transport Team
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