THE future has arrived at a Portsmouth business park – and it’s powered by electricity.
The city’s first electric vehicle charging stations have been installed at the Lakeside North Harbour business park.
A Type 2 fast charging station together with a 13-amp, three-pin charging station are now available in the Park and Ride, for use by the public for free.
The new facility has been donated by Zero Carbon World as part of its programme to help reduce the nation’s carbon emissions through the adoption of electric vehicles.
Highcross, which runs the park, is funding the installation and running costs, and worked closely on the initiative with IBM, which has its UK headquarters at Lakeside North Harbour.
IBM global strategy consultant, Grant Thomas, who works from home in Emsworth and drives an all-electric Nissan Leaf said: ‘This new facility means that I also have the added flexibility of leaving the car to recharge at Lakeside while I am working on site or returning from a business trip.
‘As a family the running costs are great at only 2p a mile, versus 20p a mile for our previous diesel car.’
Highcross has also bought a further Type 2 fast charging station specifically for employees at IBM’s UK headquarters and other companies based at the Lakeside North Harbour business park.
The electric vehicle charging stations are the latest in a series of initiatives introduced at Lakeside North Harbour to encourage and support sustainable travel.
Karen Tyrrell, who works for Highcross at Lakeside, said: ‘Highcross is continually looking at ways to improve the sustainability of our Lakeside scheme and this latest initiative offers an important incentive for people working at the park to consider the benefits of electric cars.’