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Electric Vehicle Charging Posts Installed at University

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Two electric vehicle charging posts have been installed at the University of Worcester as part of its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint.

The University was selected as one of the first locations to become part of the Plugged in Midlands project in the West Midlands, a £2.9 million scheme administered by Malvern-based Central Technology Belt (CTB) and Cenex to accelerate the development of electric motoring infrastructure across the Midlands. It is the first location in Worcester to install the charging posts.

Plugged in Midlands will give consumers standardisation of plugs and access to charge posts across the Midlands with the same membership card. The cards release the cover to the plug and allow a vehicle to plug in. Membership costs £20.

Katy Boom, Director of Environmental Sustainability at the University, said: “We are delighted to be involved in the Plugged in Midlands project and hope that we will start to see more electric vehicles replacing traditional cars.

“We have installed two charging posts, each post with two sockets, one at our Riverside building in Hylton Road and one on the Woodbury car park, at St John’s Campus.

“The posts have two types of socket; a standard 3-pin socket along with a Mennekes socket. Few electric vehicles currently have the Mennekes plug, but it is to become the new standard by the end of 2012. It will be possible to retrofit another Mennekes socket at a later date.

“To fully charge a battery from empty takes around eight hours. As we already charge for parking we are not going to charge any extra for the use of the electricity, which at most would be £1.”

Alan White, chief executive of CTB, added: “Building a viable electric motoring infrastructure is crucial if the UK is to overcome what is currently the largest barrier to electric motoring, range anxiety.

“That’s why the installation of these first two posts at the University is such a landmark for the Plugged in Midlands project, and for cleaner motoring across the region.”