Electric Car Charging Points

Håkan Dahlström Photography

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.

2 thoughts on “Electric Car Charging Points

  1. Thank you for your comments and suggestions.
    Meirionnydd was chosen as our test location exactly because it has very little in terms of EV charging infrastructure.
    At the time of research, the Zapmap website confirmed that there were only three points installed throughout the Meirionydd area, two of which were listed as “active”. Reference to Zapmap, other websites, and broader research suggested to us that there was adequate charging provision en route from the main start points to make travel to the area viable, but travel within it less so.
    This is a pilot programme, with a limited budget, therefore we we chose to work with tourism businesses to see if we could attract more EV users to the area as well as keep visitors at the locations longer: a key parameter being that there is good reason for visitors to stay at a particular location for at least as long as it takes for a full charge.
    The “call to action” way of engaging with businesses, communities and individuals generated a number of enquiries from across the county. This was a very interesting way of gathering information and some of the large organisations across Gwynedd confirmed that they were particularly interested as they were considering a possible roll out across all their own sites, which is extremely positive. Should their plans be approved, we will see the number of charging points increasing across the county, in the not too distant future.
    At the end of the programme, our intention is to share the data collected from users with other businesses/communities, by holding a public meeting, the lessons learnt will no doubt influence some of the larger scale plans, and provide the confidence businesses need to invest.
    Keep an eye on Arloesi Gwynedd Wledig’s website and social media sites for updates.

  2. Thank you for your feedback.
    Sorry if there has been any confusion, but we can confirm that ALL the pilot sites can be accessed by the public. All we ask is that you make prior arrangements directly with the owner on site beforehand. They may also ask you to complete a short questionnaire in order for us to monitor usage.
    We have been in discussions with large organisations across the county who specifically decided not to apply to become one of the test locations as they had plans for roll outs across all their own sites, so hopefully we will see an increase in the number of charging stations across the county in the not too distant future.
    The chosen sites were assessed on location, and current visitor numbers: it will be interesting to monitor usage from all sites over the next 12 months.
    Thanks again for your comments, regular updates will be posted on Arloesi Gwynedd Wledig’s Website and Social media platforms.

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