Remote Installation Of Rapid Charging Units Is No Problem For Evolt
By Maddy Price
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 15:13
Evolt has completed the supply and installation of a new series of Rapid and Fast electric vehicle (EV) charge points on the Western Scotland mainland and the Isle of Mull, having won a competitive tender from Argyll and Bute Council.
The new network of seven Rapid and two Fast chargers is the Council’s first publicly available EV charging infrastructure, funded by Transport Scotland through a Government-led initiative that helps to promote the use of EVs in Scotland.
The installation further builds upon Evolt’s reputation in Scotland as a strong and reliable supplier; it has now provided more than 1,100 charge points for 24 local authorities as well as private businesses, including taxi companies.
Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Roads and Amenity Services, Councillor Ellen Morton, explains: “At tender stage we found Evolt’s submission to be of a higher quality than its competitors, and it was able to provide a more cost-effective solution.”
“Evolt gave us the confidence that it would be fully in control and understood the challenges of supplying and installing an EV charge point infrastructure to a highly remote region, which included two charge points on the Isle of Mull,” she says.
Justin Meyer, General Manager of Evolt, says its experience in installing systems at remote locations was key to its success in winning the contract: “The Council recognised our previous work on remote islands such as Harris, South Uist and Shetland, as well as our ability to manage and service systems in a cost-efficient and timely manner.”
Seven of Evolt’s top-of-the-range Rapid chargers that can efficiently charge two EVs to 80% of their battery life within 30 minutes through a 50Kw AC and 43Kw DC outlet have been installed throughout the region, including two on Mull. These are supplemented by two 22kW Fast chargers that are ideal for quick ‘top ups’, have AC and DC capability, and take one hour to simultaneously charge two EVs.
Each unit has a built in 3G communications modem enabling Evolt’s back office management system to remotely monitor the charging process and collect and provide charging data when needed.
Evolt, a company of the SWARCO Group, announced in May that it was awarded approved status as one of three suppliers of EV charging solutions to public and private organisations on the Energy Saving Trust’s Scotland-wide framework agreement.