A glimpse of the future could be coming to Portishead with plans to build the country’s first K:Port electric car charging station.The four-vehicle Demonstration Charging Hub aims to give residents and visitors in the North Somerset area a taste and feel for what it would be like to dump the diesel and switch to electric.Designed by Bath-based award-winning sustainable architects Hewitt Studios LLP the plans show an attractive charging facility offering rapid 50kW EV charging, which takes around 20-30 minutes to fully top up a car battery.

The proposals are part of the Go Ultra Low West project, which is a joint government and industry campaign to help motorists and fleets understand the benefits, cost savings and capabilities of electric vehicles on the market.

The Department for Transport Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has given North Somerset Council £370,000 to design and build the K:Port as part of a larger package of works within Go Ultra Low West project in partnership with the West of England authorities.

The authority is consulting on the plans, which outlines building the hub in the turning circle of the car park at Parish Wharf Leisure Centre. No parking spaces will be lost as part of the scheme.

Once the plans have been finalised it is hoped building work will begin in the autumn and the K:Port will be up and running by this December.

Councillor Elfan Ap Rees, deputy leader and executive member with responsibility for transport, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for North Somerset to be the first in the country to have a K:Port Demonstration Charging Hub to benefit residents in the Portishead and wider area.

“The Go Ultra Low West project has brought many advantages including converting 40% of the council’s fleet to electric vehicles and assisting businesses to install charge points at work for visitors and staff using 50% match funded grants.

“It is also great to be working with such a renowned architectural firm, which has really brought to fruition the idea of the hub being a place to truly experience the benefits of going electric or hybrid.”

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