Visitors to three of Bristol’s leisure centres will now be able to charge their electric vehicles while they work out – keeping both themselves and the planet healthy.
Bristol City Council has been working with leisure centre partner Everyone Active to install a mixture of rapid (50kW) and fast (7-22kW) charge points as part of the Revive public charging network.
A rapid charger will average 20-25kWh of charge in 30 minutes, allowing a car to travel up to 90 miles. It would take around 200 people riding exercise bikes to generate the same amount of electricity in half an hour.
EV charge points are one of the many things the council is doing to help residents reduce their impact on the climate and air pollution by switching to electric vehicles. To use the charge points, users can sign up to Revive at www.revivecharging.net.
The chargers at Horfield, Easton and Kingsdown Leisure Centres will be available for use by the general public, as well as leisure centre customers. This will be particularly useful for people who live nearby and are not able to charge an electric car at home.
In addition, solar hot water systems will be installed at Easton Leisure Centre in 2021 to reduce the swimming pool gas consumption by over 50%.
Installed as part of the Go Ultra Low West (GULW) project, funded by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV), Bristol City Council has now installed 30 of the planned 50 fast and rapid public charging bays in convenient locations across the city.
To find out more about where new charge points are going, including where charge points have been switched over from the previous Source West vehicle charging network, drivers can head to Travelwest’s Charging Points page.
The council is also offering residents the opportunity to suggest where they would like to see more charge points, including residential locations, as it plans for a future expansion of Revive. Residents can fill in their suggestions via a form on Travelwest which also includes a map of where people have already suggested new sites.