The last three years have seen a remarkable increase in the number electric vehicles on UK roads. New registrations of “plug-in cars” increased from 3,500 in 2013 to more than 43,000 by the end of September 2015.
With larger companies such as Travelodge and Premier Inn responding by installing car charging points on their sites, it is important we also rise to the challenge.
Arloesi Gwynedd Wledig wanted to gauge demand for car charging points in Gwynedd, and decided to run pilot a programme: installing 5 charging points at tourism related businesses in Meirionydd, and monitoring their usage over a 12 month period.
At the same time, it is envisaged that the addition of these new charging points on the Zapmap, will also help to raise the area’s profile.
At the end of the 12 months we will be in a position to determine whether doing so has contributed to an increase in visitor numbers, and awareness of the area as a tourist destination.
We decided to pilot the programme in Meirionydd because of its rural nature, and following research it is believed that at the time, Meironydd only had three active charging points covering the whole geographical area.
Locations of the pilot sites were determined through a “call to action”, whereby businesses applied to be one of the test locations, and were then assessed against a number of different parameters such as, location, accessibility, current visitor numbers etc.
The “call to action” was circulated through various different business networks, social media, Mid Wales Tourism, and Gwynedd Council with a closing date of the 30th June 2016.
During this time, we received over 30 enquiries and 10 full applications.
After assessing all the applications, and some of the proposed sites we can now confirm that the
5 pilot sites are…
• Corris Caverns, Corris
• Fferm Hendy, Tywyn
• Byrdir Self Catering, Dyffryn Ardudwy
• Bythynnod Gelli Goch, Trawsfynydd
• Railway Cottage, Y Bala
Installation is due to start week commencing 12th September and regular updates on the programme will be posted on our Facebook page and twitter feed @arloesigwynedd.
After the 12 months our aim is to share the lessons learnt with all interested businesses, communities and individuals.