York’s new electric vehicle HyperHub at Monks Cross is open from today (Wednesday 15 June).
For a limited time, the new site won’t be charging for electricity in a bid to test the new technology and encourage residents and visitors to visit the new site.
- Monks Cross HyperHub is one of the largest charging hubs in Northern England
- four 175kW ultra-rapid chargers, four 50kW rapid chargers, with an adjacent area having 30 7kW chargepoints
- solar canopy allows site to generate renewable energy which can be stored in batteries at both Monks Cross and Poppleton
The Monks Cross HyperHub is located next to the Park and Ride site and will be one of the largest charging hubs in Northern England. Poppleton HyperHub is set to open this summer.
Both 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.
Monks Cross 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 thirty 7kW chargers for Park and Ride users.
The HyperHub 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 ultra-rapid and rapid chargers are user-friendly for EV drivers and offer contactless payment methods. Cars and vans can access the chargers, and the facility has been designed with no kerbs to allow disabled access. Protection from the weather is provided by the solar canopy and all of the electricity supplied from the National Grid will be generated by renewable sources.
The unique project is the result of a partnership between City of York Council and EvoEnergy.
Cllr Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council, said:
“York is now proud to be the home of one of the largest electric vehicle charging hubs in Northern England.
“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.”
Cllr Andy D’Agorne, Deputy Leader of City of York Council, added:
“York’s HyperHubs will allow electric vehicle drivers to charge easily and quickly using renewable energy. This will help to reduce emissions and improve York’s air quality, supporting our ambitions to become carbon neutral by 2030.
“Over the past few years, electric vehicle technology has progressed at pace, with many drivers switching to these next generation cars. To enable the use of electric vehicles the right infrastructure is crucial, so I’m delighted to see these new sites open alongside other council car park chargers.”
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.”
A key element behind the development of the HyperHubs was the production of an Electric Vehicle Charging Strategy by the council. This looked at a wide range of issues in order to ensure that the HyperHubs met the needs of residents, fleets, commuters and through traffic. The convenient location of the charging hubs was a central part of the strategy, with the first two HyperHub sites being located off the ring road next to established Park and Ride sites.
The Electric Vehicle Charging Strategy also identified that it wasn’t yet commercially viable for the private sector to develop such charging hubs, so the council would own its charging network in order to guarantee the best results for residents. This allows the council to plan how the network will grow and to set tariffs, as well as making it directly accountable and enabling it to deliver next generation chargers as quickly as possible.
The funding for the HyperHubs is also unique, with City of York Council successfully securing £1 million of European Regional Development Funding and £800,000 from the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles, along with £400,000 of the council’s own capital funding to install the first two HyperHubs. This has resulted in 80% of the £2.2 million project being externally funded.
There was a slight delay to the originally planned completion date of Monks Cross due to finalising commercial and contractual arrangements. There is no additional cost as a result of this delay.