The new chargers were installed using a specific newly designed quicker installation method developed by Freemantle. The required wiring is routed via a plinth system, which avoids any major civils works, thus speeds up the installation. The Airport selected eVolt as its supplier of EV charge points following a tender process where multiple suppliers were reviewed.
The new Rapid charging units have been installed at eight of the airport’s airside locations and will be used by Heathrow Airport’s growing fleet of EVs. The airport recently added 17 all-electric Nissan LEAFs to its fleet, with 12 being operated airside by teams including security and baggage and another five being used as pool cars.
The new units were installed by Freemantle Electricals. Richard Freemantle, Managing Director commented:
“The reliability of eVolt’s charging units is well known and that was key to Heathrow Airport Limited’s selection. Its units are well maintained and have a high up-time, meaning the Airport’s EVs will be able to operate with maximum performance.”
Three 50kw Rapid charging points, that can simultaneously charge two EVs to 80% capacity in 30 minutes have been installed, taking the number of eVolt Rapid charging units installed in the UK to over 200.
In addition, 22kW Triple charging unit that charges an EV to 80% in one hour has also been installed. This is ideal for fast top-up charges.
The contract also includes the supply of eVolt 7kW and 22kW AC Wall mounted charging units, which typically take up to four hours to charge an EV (battery size dependent). It is expected that these will be used to provide charging to ‘off-duty’ EVs, ensuring that when a shift starts the vehicles are able to make use of a full charge.
Justin Meyer, General Manager of eVolt UK, says:
“We are seeing increasing opportunities with major public transport hubs looking at ways to reduce emissions,” he says. “It’s a testament to our equipment’s reliability and performance that 200 Rapid charging units, the most technical and desired in terms of charging time, are operational.”