City charges up its electric vehicle infrastructure

City of York Council is working with Evo Energy to start construction on the largest HyperHub sites in the region.

The council is investing £2.2m to develop sites, next to Monks Cross and Poppleton Bar Park and Rides, into high speed electric vehicle charging hubs.

Each HyperHub site will consist of solar PV canopies, battery energy storage, four Rapid and four Ultra Rapid electric vehicle chargers.

The chargers will help the region support the next generation of electric vehicles, which have significantly larger battery capacities and support higher charging speeds.

Construction on both sites has started, and will be led by EvoEnergy. The sites at Monks Cross and Poppleton are scheduled for completion in June 2021.

City of York Council has secured £1m of European Regional Development Funding and £800,000 from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles, along with £400,000 of its own capital funding to install the first two HyperHubs.

Councillor Andy D’Agorne, executive member for transport at the council, said: “The two 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 Electric Vehicle Charging Strategy, which will provide a high quality charging network that meets the needs of residents, fleets, and through traffic.

“To guarantee the best result for residents, we plan to continue to own our charging network. This allows us to plan how the network will grow, set tariffs, makes us directly accountable and enables us to deliver next generation chargers as quickly as possible.”

Cllr Paula Widdowson, executive member for climate change at City of York Council, said: “We were 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.”

“We are delighted to be introducing the region’s largest EV charging hub. This is exactly what our EV strategy has set out to achieve. Providing a future proofed network with high quality facilities to support this increased demand.”

Senior design engineer, Jonathan Roper at Evo Energy, said: “We are proud to have been awarded these challenging multifaceted projects.

“They combine the full range of EvoEnergy’s technology offering, and it is a pleasure working with a future looking organization such as City of York Council.”