Engenie has entered a partnership with Cardiff Council to install 12 rapid chargers for electric vehicles (EVs).

The council has granted planning permission for the first four charging stations in the city centre.

Once complete, Engenie’s rapid EV chargers are expected to help Cardiff Council to improve air quality to meet climate targets, as well as boost revenue and support its sustainable growth plan.

An estimated 2t of harmful nitrogen dioxide is expected to be eliminated from the city centre with the Engenie charging stations.

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Engenie business development director Patrick Sherriff said: “Our national network of rapid chargers is greatly improving air quality across the UK.

“Cardiff Council is embracing the EV revolution and putting drivers at its heart by installing some of the most user-friendly rapid charging points available today.”

The company noted that the charge points will be powered by 100% renewable energy.

The first two sites approved by the council are on Bute Crescent and Howard Place. The sites will each host two chargers that will be installed this year.

Cardiff Council’s ‘Green Paper on transport and clean air’ recommended the development of electric car infrastructure.

Sherriff further added: “Cardiff Council’s ‘smart city’ approach to clean air policy demonstrates that, in the fight against harmful air pollution, the ‘carrot’ of new infrastructure and clean technology can be just as effective as the ‘stick’ of low emission zone charges.”

Engenie noted that it will cover all costs associated with installing and servicing the rapid charging points.

Following the monitoring of the 12 chargers over a period of three to six months, the council will extend it to more locations in the city.