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Electric vehicle charging coming to Wealden car parks

Cardboard box background with green icon of an electric car over the top and the word electric.

We are working with Connected Kerb to provide more electric vehicle charging points across the entire district.  

Starting from March 2023, some of Wealden owned and managed car parks will be fitted with EV charging points. Car parks will remain open to the public throughout the duration of works, although there may be some disruption.

All dates of scheduled works are subject to change. 

Connected Kerb are one of the UK’s leading charging point providers, delivering future-proof, cost-effective and sustainable EV charging solutions for the public sector, developers, fleets, workplaces, car parks and other organisations to help accelerate the transition to EVs for all.

Its unique solution combines power and data at the kerb to deliver user-friendly and reliable charging and provide the foundation for connected cities and communities. 

These installations are part of our ongoing effort to support the transition to low carbon transport and to improve local air quality. The installations are part of the council’s ongoing efforts to support the transition to low carbon transport and to improve local air quality. The aspiration is that all residents who drive electric vehicles (EVs), or are considering making the switch, have convenient access to EV charging. Within Wealden there are currently 33 EV charge points distributed throughout the district and the council recognises the need to provide additional public charge points for residents – particularly as 24% of households with a vehicle park on the street overnight.

At the heart of Wealden District Council’s climate emergency declaration sits the requirement to transform out transport systems to low and zero emission alternatives, with the intention of working toward net-zero CO2 by 2050 or earlier for both the council and the Wealden district area.

The first phase of charge points has begun on 7th March 2023.

For rough start dates of specific car parks, please look at the “where will they be installed?” section.

The following 11 council owned car parks are having EV chargers installed in them as part of Phase 1.

Currently, 6 car parks have EV chargers installed that can be used for charging your car.

 

Car parks with EV chargers:

  • Lower Road Car Park, Forest Row
  • Luxford Field Car Park, Uckfield
  • Croft Road Car Park, Crowborough
  • Mill Road Car Park, Heathfield
  • North Road Car Park, Pevensey Bay
  • Vicarage Lane Car Park, Hailsham

 

Works have commenced at:

  • Horsefields Car Park, East Dean

 

Installations are being planned for: (dates TBC)

  • South Road Car Park, Hailsham
  • Washwell Lane, Wadhurst (previously The Greyhound)

 

Further works are planned for:

  • The Willows Car Park, Alfriston (to relocate the electrical box to avoid future flood risks)

 

Future Proofing our car parks

  • The majority of the car parks with EV chargers (in addition to Sea Road Car Park, Pevensey Bay) have had passive infrastructure installed so that EV charging capacity can be easily increased as demand increases.

You can download the Connected Kerb app via the Appstore or Google Play to locate charge points near you and start charging. 

You can also find Connected Kerb charge points on Zap-Map by using the network filter.

You can also view if your local charger is available, simply open the Connected Kerb app,  or alternatively, visit Zap Map. 

Using the Connected Kerb App, you can either: 

– Locate and tap the QR code icon that’s in the middle & at the bottom of the app. 

– Locate the QR code icon on the Connected Kerb label that’s on the charging point. 

– Position the icon within your camera frame and the charging session will start when the LED turns blue. 

– To stop charging, tap “stop charging” in the app and the LED will turn green. 

Or 

– Enter the 4-digit ID number located on the Connected Kerb label in the search bar at the top of the app, the LED will turn blue.  

– To stop charging, tap “stop charging” in the app and the LED will turn green 

The charging speed is 7kW.

Charging times depend on the size of the battery and the speed of the charging point, but a typical electric car with a 60kWh battery takes around 8 hours to charge from empty when connected to a 7kW charger.

You will need your own cables with a “Type 2 connector” for all of our charge points.

Currently, the Day Tariff applicable from 7am to midnight, is £0.50 per kWh, with no Night Tariff currently in effect.

As of March 1st 2024 the Day Tariff, applicable from 7am to midnight, is £0.52 per kWh, while the new Night Tariff, effective from midnight to 7am, is £0.45 per kWh.

Connected Kerb are changing how they charge too. Instead of a minimum £0.30 charge per session, they’re switching to a flat connection fee of £0.30 per session. This makes things fair for everyone and keeps things transparent.

Remember, besides the £0.30 connection fee, there won’t be any extra charges during your charging session. And their Day Tariff at £0.52 per kWh is 9% cheaper than the average price for similar charging points, with access to even cheaper rates like the night rate of £0.45 per kWh.

It can cost as little as £15 to fully charge an EV at a public EV charger, which is a considerable saving on petrol and diesel.

Please call Connected Kerb’s customer support at 0800 0291 696 in the first instance with the charging point number and a picture, if possible.

They will be happy to assist.

Connected Kerb have set up a website dedicated to the Wealden district, where there is a resident electric vehicle charge point request form. We need to ensure that the requests are limited to car parks owned by us, as these are the only applicable locations for this particular project. You can find the form on the Connected Kerb website (external site) 

Where can I find out more?

To learn more about the project, please visit the Connected Kerb website (external site)