County public EV charging network increases in size

More public electric vehicle (EV) charging points are now live across Denbighshire to support the reduction of the county’s carbon footprint.

Denbighshire County Council has launched a network of car park based EV charging stations across the county during NetZero Week.

NetZero Week aims to support initiatives to reduce carbon emissions to tackle climate change.

The network of live EV charging stations are located at public car parks in Denbigh, Ruthin, Llangollen, Rhyl and Prestatyn, providing EV charge sites to support travel across Denbighshire.  It is hoped the EV charging station in the Bowling Green car park in St Asaph will go live during the week commencing 10th of July.

Work on the additional charging network for a few sites has been supported by grant funding via the UK Government’s Office of Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV)

This project has been carried out to also support people with transitioning to an electric vehicle where they might not have previously had access to a charging facility.

It also creates a stronger network of chargers for residents and visitors as it joins with existing EV charging sites at King’s Avenue Prestatyn and West Kinmel Street car park, Rhyl.

Also coming online this summer will be five EV chargers at Corwen Green Lane car park, as part of a project at the site funded by the UK Government’s Levelling Up Fund, taking the total number of charging points across the county to 80.

The car park network of EV chargers is a part of Denbighshire County Council’s overall action to tackle climate change following the declaration of a Climate and Ecological Emergency in 2019 and adoption of the Climate and Ecological Change Strategy in 2021.

Other electric fleet vehicle initiatives are also involved in the council’s goal to meet the target of a net carbon zero council by 2030.

The full list of car parks where the publicly available electric vehicle charging points are now live are:

Location Proposed Charging Points
Post Office Lane Car Park Denbigh LL16 3UN 2 x dual 22kW AC (ability to charge 4 vehicles)
Market St Car Park Llangollen LL20 8RB 2 x dual 22 kW AC (ability to charge 4 vehicles)
Pavilion Car Park, National Pavilion Llangollen LL20 8SW 2 x dual 22 kW AC (ability to charge 4 vehicles)
Cae Ddol Car Park, Crispin Yard, Clwyd Street Ruthin LL15 1HN 2 x dual 7Kw AC (ability to charge 4 vehicles)
Craft Centre Car Park, Park Road Ruthin LL15 1BB 2 x dual 22 kW AC (ability to charge 4 vehicles)
Fern Ave Car Park Prestatyn LL19 9BP 2 x dual 7Kw AC (ability to charge 4 vehicles)
Morley Road Car Park Rhyl LL18 1UF 2x dual 22kW AC (ability to charge 4 vehicles)

Cllr Barry Mellor, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said: “This has been an important step in our commitment to help our residents who want to move over to electric vehicles but don’t have the facility or off road parking to do so. Increasing our network of public electric vehicle chargers will help more to do so.

“This will also help businesses in our towns as more electric vehicle users will be able to discover these locations and visit local establishments and attractions while charging their vehicles along our network locations.

“With an increase in electric vehicle use it has been important to get this infrastructure in place, not only for the users but also to support tackling climate change impact on our county.

“I look forward to seeing the information coming from the use of these new charging points which will help us map out future work on our electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Denbighshire.”

The tariff for the chargers will be displayed on the charging points in the car park. Car parking charges must also be paid when using an EV charging point.