On Tuesday 21st March the first publicly available electric vehicle charge point on Poundbury went live. This is located at Poundbury Garden Centre next to The Engine Room and funded by owner Mike Burks.
The unit is situated next to The Engine Room restaurant and available for customers and visitors to Poundbury. The unit is a Rolec Sercuricharge which uses tokens for a one hour set charge. Tokens can be purchased in the garden centre and restaurant for £1.
The UK government has stated that all cars in the UK will be hybrid or full electric within 15 years so the demand for charging points is set to increase dramatically over the coming years.
The unit has been installed by Poundbury based Futurum Renewable Energy System Ltd who are a government approved (OLEV) installer of domestic and commercial charge points. Futurum have installed over 250 domestic and commercial chargers across Dorset and Hampshire.
The unit is set to top up cars visiting the garden centre and Poundbury.
Mike Burks, managing director of The Gardens Group, explains; “We are continually looking at initiatives to make what we do a little greener, as we believe that these measures can have a huge impact on our local community and the wider landscape, so we are thrilled to have the electric vehicle charger point installed here at Poundbury Gardens. As you would expect, we have a lot of environmentally conscious customers, who will be delighted with the new instalment, and we also hope that it inspires others to think about their own impact on the environment and consider the small changes that they could make.”