As the 2012 Olympics get underway in London, ChargePoint services has been busy installing three new GE DuraStation EV charging stations at a EuroGarages outlet on Bath Road, near Heathrow Airport.
The units in question are 32-amp stations with type 2 mode 3 charging capability and are fully RFID compliant to Source London and GPRS networked. They were chosen for installation at the Bath Road location because it represents a fairly convenient stop for EVs between the airport itself and the Olympic Village.
These new charging stations are said to offer a fast charging facility that enables EV battery packs to be replenished in 3-4 hours, reducing charge time from 6-8 hours. Besides offering a vehicle refueling facility the Bath Road location also has a Starbucks drive-thru and KFC fast food eatery on the premises should the EV’s drivers feel the need.
The EuroGarages “eco outlet” uses recycled materials in its construction, with air pumps used to heat the building and solar panels on the roof canopy to generate electricity. The company already has 72 forecourt locations in the UK (mostly conventional gas stations) and is planning to open a new Starbucks outlet every month from September.
According to Mohammed Patel, utilities manager at EuroGarages, the decision to team up with ChargePoint and GE was made “after substantial research in the EV infrastructure market.” Patel said, in reference to EuroGarages that “we are confident that the quality of service and products, both hardware and software, will provide the perfect partnership for [EuroGarages] whose sustainable ethos and environmental policies already extend right across its business practices.”