Engenie has installed its first two rapid EV charge points in Cardiff, Wales, as part of a wider roll-out which will more than double the number in the city.

Each site is powered by 100% renewable energy and will host two rapid charging points.

Once complete by mid-2020, there will be 12 chargers across six sites.

Each rapid charging point requires no membership or connection fee and operates with standard contactless payment cards. The chargers are compatible with every EV on the market and provide 80 miles of charge in 30-60 minutes.

Once complete, local EV drivers will have one week of free charging at the new sites. 

“We’re making EV charging a simple and easy process for visitors, businesses and residents of Cardiff by installing the most user-friendly rapid charging points available today,” said Engenie property director, Patrick Sherriff.

“Our partnership with Cardiff council is supporting drivers making the switch to EVs as well as the Council’s plan to improve air quality in the city.”

More than 90,000 commuters travel in and out of Cardiff each day and spend an average of four working days a year stuck in traffic during peak periods.

Developing electric car infrastructure is a key focus of Cardiff Council’s recent Green Paper on transport and clean air, which was published in October.

“Cardiff’s smart city approach to tackling air pollution is demonstrating there are different avenues to achieving a clean air city,” added Sherriff.

“Embracing technology can be equally effective as low emission zones, while also encouraging more drivers to make the switch to electric.” 

Engenie is covering all costs associated with installing and servicing the charging points. It will also share profits with the Council.

The Cardiff announcement follows Engenie’s recent unveiling of London’s first rapid EV charging hub in partnership with Transport for London (TfL).

The company plans to double the number of rapid chargers in the UK by 2024. 

In July, 2019, Cardiff Council outlined its GBP1bn (US$1.3bn) transport policy, introducing measures to improve transport in the city, including decarbonising the bus fleet, developing active travel zones and increasing cycle networks.