Fresh start for charging points next month

The new electric vehicle charging points put in place in car parks across Test Valley last year are to begin charging customers from next month after an introductory free period.


The machines had been free to use from their installation as an introductory offer from TVBC and the providers of the charging points, Joju Solar.


As of Monday October 5, this free period will come to an end after almost a year of free energy on the go for drivers of electric vehicles in Test Valley.


Information stickers have been placed on the machines to inform customers of the upcoming changes, with those using the charging points to pay for their energy via a new APP, to be provided by Grønn Kontakt (GK), a subsidiary of the Norwegian state electricity supplier, Statkraft, available via this link. 


Users of the chargers will also be able to pay by accessing the Grønn Kontakt website and paying by debit or credit card.


Currently, there are 18 fast charging points in the borough’s car parks in Andover and Romsey, each capable of supplying 22kW of charge. The existing rapid charger at Romsey Rapids car park already charges for use and is therefore not affected by these changes. All of the charge points are powered by 100 per cent renewable energy.


Planning and transport portfolio holder, councillor Nick Adams-King, said:

While it’s been fantastic to be able to offer free energy for those driving environmentally-friendly electric vehicles, sadly this introductory period wasn’t sustainable forever.

Providing these charge points in locations across Test Valley is something that was extremely important for us. With more electric vehicles on the roads today than ever before, the new system is quick, easy and we hope will encourage drivers to know that the infrastructure is there in our borough. As we all face the impact of climate change, these charging points are a small step, but a very important one.”


Joju’s Commercial Director, Joe Michaels, added:

We’re looking forward to working with Test Valley Borough Council and Grønn Kontakt to provide EV drivers with a reliable, straightforward charging experience.


Grønn Kontakt’s Anthony Hinde, said:

Please download the Gronn Kontakt App on your smartphone or follow the instructions on the charger and look out for our rebrand coming early in the New Year.


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