60 new electric vehicle charging points to be installed on South Western Railway’s network

Wednesday 15th May 2019

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  • 60 new trickle-charge EVCPs units to be installed at 6 stations across SWR’s network: Basingstoke (18), Farnborough (12), Andover (10), Haslemere (8), Wokingham (6) and Fleet (6)
  • £100,000 investment and installation is expected to be completed by end of this Summer
  • Charging points will initially be free of charge for passengers charging their vehicles
  • SWR is committed to making travelling by rail sustainable

South Western Railway is installing 60 new Electric Vehicle Charging Points (EVCP) at 6 stations on its network, demonstrating its commitment to making travelling by rail sustainable.

By the end of Summer, SWR will have invested £100,000 in the construction and installation of 13-amp trickle charging points that will allow passengers to plug-in and charge their electric vehicles while they are parked for the day.

SWR is contracting mechanical and electrical engineering specialists, SSE Enterprise Rail, to install Rolec EV WallPod charging units at busy commuter stations in Basingstoke (18), Farnborough (12), Andover (10), Haslemere (8), Wokingham (6) and Fleet (6).

These charging points are designed for the current generation of electric vehicles but are capable of handling higher electrical currents for future developments in the market. Once completed, each SWR station with a charging point will have a designated parking space that will be clearly marked for passengers to charge their electric vehicles.

Amelia Woodley, Head of Sustainability at South Western Railway, said:
"We’re committed to making travelling by rail sustainable and our investment of £100,000 in 60 new trickle-charging points reflects this.

"This investment in new charging points will not only make it easier for passengers to charge their electric vehicles at SWR stations, but help to reduce the uncertainty of 'range anxiety' as well as make a positive contribution to reducing carbon emissions and improving overall air quality.

"The new charging points are designed to charge passengers’ cars while they travel but have the flexibility to support both current and future generations of electric vehicles."