Leading car park operator CitiPark has announced that it will be installing Leeds City Centre’s very first DC Rapid Car Charger at their flagship branch, the Merrion Centre, in November. This will be the only one in Leeds City Centre and CitiPark is proud to be the pioneer of this state-of-the-art technology.
So what is a DC Rapid Car Charger?
The DC Rapid Charger, classified as a 480-volt electric car charging station, is capable of providing a full charge to compatible electric cars in less than 30 minutes. The DC Rapid Charger is perfect for charging electric vehicles in high-traffic commercial locations, petrol stations and at locations along major transportation routes e.g. motorways.
What’s the benefit of using one?
By using a DC Rapid Charger, EV owners can drive and charge anywhere, topping up as needed and, more importantly, without time constraints. Drivers who want to use their electric cars for trips beyond a radius from their home charging site have come to rely on DC Rapid Charging sites. So-called ‘range anxiety’ has long been cited as the most significant factor standing in the way of widespread adoption of electric vehicles (first mentioned in 2011).
For electric vehicle owners, adding 80 miles of range can take almost a full day if you don’t have access to a 240-volt charging station. If you do have access to one, that charge can still take up to 8 hours. Dealing with these limitations requires planning and accepting the fact that there are some places your car can’t take you in a reasonable amount of time.
This doesn’t necessarily have to be the case though. DC Rapid Chargers supersede all previous types of charging stations and are designed to charge electric vehicles quickly, with an electric output ranging between 50 kW – 120 kW.
Most modern fully-electric vehicles can be equipped with DC Rapid Charge capability and although there are currently nearly 2,200 high-speed chargers in places like the US, capable of adding significant range to an EV in the time it takes to fill your tank, the UK is a long way behind in installing them.
In Japan, a country less than 5% the size of the US, there are more than 6,000 DC Rapid Chargers, all of which are compatible with the vast majority of Japanese EVs. That’s roughly one quick-charge station for every 245 square miles compared to the US’s one per 2,235 square-mile concentration.
Ben Ziff, MD of CitiPark said: “CitiPark is proud to be the first to install this important piece of pioneering technology designed to benefit EV owners in Leeds. We hope that this will be the first of many more to come, contributing towards making Leeds a standout, technologically advanced city. The introduction of the DC Rapid Charger is a part of CitiPark’s wider commitment to going green; investing in sustainable technologies which conserve energy and lower pollution. Following this first installation, the plan is to roll out more CitiPark DC Rapid Chargers around the UK.”
This announcement comes shortly after CitiPark’s plastic bottle recycling scheme which took place at the Merrion Centre car park throughout October. The initiative allowed customers to pay for their parking sessions with plastic bottles, at a rate of a 20p per bottle.
Please note: Due to the high cost of the DC Rapid Charger, it is advisable for customers to aim for a quick turnaround.
For more information or a quote from Ben Ziff, please contact Lydia Drukarz at Wavelength PR on: 07977 454180 or email: Lydia@wavelengthpr.com