At the end of February 2020, the total number of pure EVs registered in Jersey was 667, an increase of almost 100 in four months, while the number of hybrid vehicles rose to just under 1,032. Significantly, the number of commercial electric vans has more than doubled in the past two years from 52 in 2017 to 124 as more businesses and organisations realise the financial and environmental benefit.
JE, working with partners, is well on its ‘Road to 75’ mission of installing 75 public EV charging bays by the end of 2020.
This is to continue to support the take-up of EVs and help Jersey towards a zero-carbon future by reassuring those considering switching to an all-electric vehicle that adequate charging is provided around the Island.
In February, JE completed the upgrade of all the original public charge points in multi-storey car parks, which were installed in 2013, to smart BP Chargemaster units. These enable ‘pay-as-you-go’ payments via an app or contactless card. A free-to-access 50kW rapid charger is located at the Powerhouse using contactless payment via debit or credit card.
In June, Infrastructure Minister Kevin Lewis switched on an additional six charging bays in Pier Road multi-storey car park and opened a further four dedicated EV priority parking bays for EV owners whose cars do not need a charge.
EV owners can also charge their vehicles while they shop following the installation of four charging bays at the Channel Islands Co-operative Society St Peter Grand Marché and four at St Peter En Route. More are scheduled to be installed at Grand Marché St Helier by the end of the year.
There are now six more charging bays in public car parks at First Tower, St Aubin, and Woodford (St Brelade’s Bay).
Works are advanced on a second public rapid charger at Red Houses with a third planned in Longbeach car park, Grouville.
Looking ahead, chargers are planned for:
• St Helier Grand Marché (6)
• St Martin (6)
• St Ouen (2)
• St Saviour (2)
• Waterfront Car Park (4)
• Iceland (Georgetown) (2)
• Solar Canopy (B&Q) (2)
• Goose on the Green (10)
• St Clement’s Marks & Spencer Simply Food (2)
Installing 22kW dual outlet fast chargers futureproofs the network and, with the addition of two more 50kW rapid chargers, there is an efficient charging solution for every vehicle.
To put this into perspective, an hour of charging at one of our 22kW dual outlet fast chargers would give you up to 90 miles of range per hour of charging and on our Rapid Charger up to 90 miles in 30 minutes. As the network grows, EV drivers who don’t have a home charger will have easy access to the network and the option of low-cost overnight charging.