Our Plans For On-Street Electric Vehicle Charging

During the last few decades, the environmental impact of petrol and diesel based cars has led to the renewed interest in electric vehicle transportation infrastructure.
person charging electric vehicle

Locations for on-street charging points

To allow people to make the switch to electric vehicles, there needs to be good access to public charging facilities so that people can charge easily and conveniently. There are already some electric vehicle charging points at key amenities in Northamptonshire, but many people prefer to charge overnight at home. For people living in areas with on-street parking this is not always practical and can be a key barrier to using an electric vehicle. 

The Virgin Media Park and Charge (VPACH) project aimed to deploy on-street charging sockets in towns and cities across the country throughout 2021. This means that more residents without access to driveways will be able to charge their electric vehicles in their street. Using existing Virgin Media street cabinets and ducts, on-street electric vehicle charging points were installed by Liberty Charge (a company owned by Virgin Media) and connected into its digital network. West Northamptonshire Council and North Northamptonshire Council are two of the Local Authorities that are involved in the project, entirely funded by Innovate UK. 

After a desktop based analysis, early in 2020, Liberty Charge consulted directly with residents on proposed charge point locations. After considering this feedback and undertaking detailed site visits, Liberty Charge has now completed installation of electric vehicle charging points at 19 locations across Northamptonshire which are listed below. 

North Northamptonshire VPACH table May 2022
West Northamptonshire VPACH sites February 2022

The image opposite shows the Alfen Eve Double Line 22 kW/h charger installed at each location. The key features of the Alfen charger are:

  • Pedestal mounted unit at 1.4m tall
  • Two ‘Type 2’ charging sockets – allows two cars to charge from a single unit reducing clutter
  • 7” colour LCD display screen for usability
  • Integrated RCDs and DC Fault detection
  • Front mounted sockets ensures footpath remain clear of cables
  • Installed in NAL Retention Sockets for maximum flexible across multiple hardware with no additional civils
  • Delivers 22kW per unit
  • When both sockets are being used simultaneously, users will share the 22kW output
  • Typical Charge Time* - Single Car - charging from Empty to full = 3 hours compared to 9 hours using 3.7kW lamppost charger

    * Estimated using Mini Cooper electric connected to a 22kWFast charger

 

Photo shows an Alfen charger charging an electric car

Each location offers two 22kW/h fast chargers (except Pollard Street, which only has one charger), managed and maintained by Virgin Media. Each charger serves two parking bays. To minimise the impact on parking availability in the short term, only two of the parking bays are dedicated to electric vehicles, with the other two bays available to electric and non-electric vehicles.

We would also like to hear from Northamptonshire residents on where charge points should be provided in the future. We are particularly interested in suitable on-street locations. Click here to nominate your street or propose another site for an electric vehicle charging point.