OMG! Things are even a lot worse than I first imagined. This is very serious.
The rapid chargers are some of the first ‘tri-standard’ units in the UK and will allow EV drivers to charge their cars in approximately 20 minutes, enabling cross-country motoring through Cambridge, Bedford, Milton Keynes, Buckingham and Oxford.
Milton Keynes CrossLink is one of the first from this round of OLEV funding to be completed, and is one of a number of key initiatives being implemented by Milton Keynes Council to make the city a low-carbon and emission-free centre. The network, which does not rely on any financial contribution from the rate payer, enables electric vehicle owners and operators to recharge their cars several times faster than conventional chargers and allows easy access to the Milton Keynes regional shopping centre and recreation facilities.
Councillor Keith McLean, Milton Keynes Council Cabinet member for Transport said: "This is excellent news for local electric vehicle drivers and is another vital step to lowering our collective carbon footprint in line with the Council's low carbon strategy. We have enjoyed a very constructive relationship with Chargemaster Plc, a local company, for the last four years and we are pleased to be able to extend this partnership.
“The fact that Chargemaster be fully responsible for extending the network each year and for all the operating costs of the units rather than the council means that we can make valuable savings to the council budget. The city will get all the benefits of having a comprehensive network of charging points".
Anywho, here's the full press release that goes with the picture, here: http://www.automotivepr.com/news_de...etwork-completed-weeks-ahead-of-schedule-1623David Martell, Chief Executive of Chargemaster Plc, added: “I’m very proud of our installation teams and partners, who have worked tirelessly over the last 6 months to get this project completed and operational ahead of schedule. It has been a pleasure to work with Milton Keynes Council, which has a ‘can do’ attitude and positive approach to helping motorists make the most of their electric vehicles on a day-to-day basis.”
They will survive just a long as OLEV have millions to give away! Did I read there is an underspend of £170m between Plugged in Car Grant and Plugged-in Places?... I can't see any sane EV owner choosing to charge using their network at those prices. I wonder who long they can survive without making any profit?
I suspect that OLEV are not aware of the fact that some funds they have allocated to promote the uptake of EV's are about to have a negative effect by making the cost to run an EV on public charging exceed that of an ICE. Should not the Electric Vehicle Drivers Association (EVDA), who should be representing the driver community, make this point strongly to them and make the contact with the press?Is there anyone here who can help us expose this dreadful waste of public funds by OLEV and Chargermaster? .