First Bus opens EV charging hub at Cornish depot

First Bus has opened its new purpose-built electric vehicle hub at Summercourt depot in Cornwall for the public to charge their electric vehicles (EVs).
The Summercourt site is on the A30, a key tourist route into Cornwall. Its ‘turn up and charge’ hub offers:
• Eight rapid chargers
• Payment via contactless credit card, with no app or signup required, at 69p/kWh
• Rapid charging rates of up to 150kW
• Open 06.00-22.00, 7 days a week
• On-site refreshments, restrooms and waiting area
The chargers at Summercourt are also available for local businesses to use, following a successful model used by First Bus in Glasgow and Leicester, where companies such as Open Reach, DPD and Police Scotland use of the operator’s infrastructure to support their own transition to EV fleets.
Simon Goff, First Bus South’s Managing Director, said: “We’re the first bus operator to offer consumer charging and I’m proud that we’re able to support the local community with this vital infrastructure that will make a difference for many years to come.”
Malcolm Bell, Executive Chairman, Visit Cornwall, added: “Visit Cornwall really welcomes this investment as we know that many people with EV are desperate to see an improvement in the charging infrastructure in Cornwall. Its proximity close to the A30 is excellent for not only local people but visitors making longer journeys.”

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