Electric cars are becoming an affordable and popular choice for drivers. They do not use conventional fuels and instead utilise an electric motor powered by rechargeable battery packs. Electric cars contribute significantly less carbon emissions into the atmosphere than conventionally-fuelled vehicles over their life-cycle and have zero tailpipe emissions.
Charging an Electric Vehicle
To find out more about charging your electric car and the locations of charging points, visit the following sites to view them on an interactive map:
Next Green Car
National Charge Point Registry
Electric Charging Points
The different types of electric vehicle chargers installed through OLEV funding and the Charge Ahead project include:
Rapid Chargers - Capable of charging in around 20 to 30 minutes
Dual Chargers – each post has two charging outlets:
- Fast Charger (7kW AC) - Capable of recharging a car fully in around 4 hours and
- Slow Charger (3kW AC) - Capable of recharging an average car fully in around 8 hours
Charging times vary from vehicle to vehicle and may be longer than those quoted as not all vehicles are able to accept charge at the maximum rate that the post can deliver. Please consult your vehicle handbook for details.
Electric Vehicle Charging Points can be found at the following locations:
Lord Butler Leisure Centre, Saffron Walden, CB11 3EG
George Yard Shopping Centre, Braintree, CM7 1RB
Colchester United's Weston Homes Community Stadium, Colchester, CO4 5UP
Fast and Slow Chargers:
Essex County Council has two park and ride sites; Sandon Park and Ride (CM2 7RU) and the Chelmer Valley Park and Ride (CM3 3PR) which both have electric car charging points. Currently they are on POLAR network.
The map below shows the locations of these sites so you can easily find them if you want to charge your car:
How to connect to the chargers
You need to use your POLAR Plus RFID card or POLAR Instant App to start charging.
There is £1.20 connection fee.
Important: Works are currently being undertaken to upgrade the charge points and transfer them onto a different network. Updates will be announced on this page soon.
We have produced some guidance on charging etiquette (see the documents box below) and would respectfully request that all EV drivers consider this when using the chargers.
For information about the environmental benefits of electric vehicles, see Next Green Car.
For more information about electric vehicles and how you can switch to low-carbon motoring, see Go Ultra Low.
To report any problems with the charge points at Sandon or Chelmer Valley Park & Ride please email email@example.com giving the location and fault description.