Electric cars have long faced two main issues, one of limited range and a limited number of places to charge especially in the city of newport. Electric car ranges are increasing with each new generation, but what about the charging facilities? Does wales have the charging framework to support widespread electric car use, inline with the governments pledge to switch to electric cars by 2050 ? and could an electric vehicle fit in with your lifestyle with the charging infrastructures we have currently across the city and its surrounds ?

The first charging point installed by Newport council was at the civic centre, they have now installed a further two charging points in the park square car park in the city centre

Newport City Council have announced the news on their website saying

“Two new charging points for electric vehicles are now available for public use.

Newport City Council agreed to install the pods in Park Square car park in the city centre”.

The move follows the decision by the council to reduce carbon emissions across the city and create a healthier and greener environment by introducing two electric vehicles to its fleet.

“The 30kWh Nissan Leafs will be used by the council’s Private Sector Housing Team to undertake home visits to support people with adaptations which deliver improved mobility and accessibility in their own homes”.

“The first electric vehicle charge point was installed for the Nissan Leafs outside the Civic Centre in early March.”

“Drivers of electric vehicles can use the pod-point open charge network available to download as an app on a smart phone.”

The remaining electric charging points located in Newport are listed below

Bannatyne Health Club and Spa – Newport 5 Enterprise Way
2 x 50kW 125A CCS (Combo) 
InstaVolt Systems 

Ibis Budget Newport – Malpas Road

1 x 3kW 16A Type 2 Mennekes
1 x 7kW 32A Type 2 Mennekes
POLAR

Tredegar House – Duffryn (National Trust) 

1 x 7kW 32A Type 2 MennekesZeroNet

Wessex Garages – Newport – Spytty Road 

2 x 7kW 32A Type 2 Mennekes
1 x 50kW 125A JEVS (CHAdeMO)
Renault dealerships

Priory Hotel – High Street – Caerleon

2 x 3kW 16A Type 2 Mennekes Gwent Energy

Celtic Manor Resort – Coldra Woods – Newport

2 x 3kW 13A 3-Square pin
1 x 7kW 32A Commando
1 x 7kW 32A Type 2 Mennekes
ZeroNet

Holiday Inn Newport – The Coldra – Newport

1 x 43kW 63A Type 2 Mennekes
1 x 50kW 125A JEVS (CHAdeMO)
1 x 50kW 125A CCS (Combo)
POLAR

Whitehall Farm – Usk Road – Caerleon

1 x 3kW 16A Type 2 Mennekes Gwent Energy

 

This Brings the City, which also includes Caerleon, to a total of 20 electric charging points for a populous of 148’000 (Estimated).

Newport City Councillor Roger Jeavons, said

“The council is committed to reducing the environmental impact of our operations and see the addition of the two electric vehicles  to our fleet, plus installing  the three charging points in the city, as one of a variety of ways we can achieve this aim,”

Councillor Matthew Evans tweeted

John Hilton tweeted

Ian Wilson tweeted

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