Electric car drivers in Barry have received a boost this summer thanks to two rapid chargers that have been installed in the town by InstaVolt.
The chargers are at Waterfront Retail Park, with nearby amenities including a Morrisons, an Argos and a KFC.
The installation of more rapid chargers in Barry has been welcomed by many.
Local electric car driver Peter Sherry said: “It’s great to have more chargers in Barry. I tried them for the first time and it was so easy. You didn’t need to sign up or use a special card, it was just no fuss.”
Steve Williams, managing director of Barratt Homes, which is bringing hundreds of new homes to the area, said: “This is exactly the kind of forward-thinking infrastructure that we need in our towns and cities. As more and more people drive electric cars, it’s important they have enough places to charge up.”
Cllr Lis Burnett, Deputy Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration, said: “The Council is fully supportive of the benefits electric vehicles provide. Reducing carbon emissions is important and to that end we’ve introduced new policy that requires electric vehicle charging points be provided in new developments. This represents very welcome additional provision in Barry Waterfront and we hope to see more of the same across the Vale of Glamorgan.”
Jackie Tracey, Head of Commercial Partnerships at NewRiver REIT, owners of Waterfront Retail Park said: “We’re delighted to introduce two electric car charging stations at Waterfront Retail Park. Environmental sustainability is a core focus for NewRiver to ensure we are working to constantly to improve the communities we are invested in. Many of our shoppers are converting to electric cars so it’s important that we support and cater for them.
“Convenience is key for our shoppers and we have been working with InstaVolt across our retail portfolio to install rapid chargers after learning how popular its subscription-free, tap to pay chargers are with electric car drivers.”