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Electric car charging point unveiled at Boston West Academy

By Boston Target  |  Posted: November 26, 2012

POWERING AHEAD: Boston West Academy headmaster Mike Schofield is pictured with the town?s first electric vehicle charging station which has been installed at the site.

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BOSTON'S very first electric vehicle charging station has been installed at one of the town's schools.

Boston West Academy has unveiled its AutoCharge EV charging pedestal and are now eagerly awaiting their first electric car visitor.

Boston-based company Rolec EV contacted Boston West Academy about installing the charging point after hearing that the town's local Nissan dealer was selling the new full electric Nissan Leaf on their forecourt.

The Academy was in the process of having building renovations carried out and headmaster Mike Schofield was keen for the school to host the facility.

Mr Schofield said: "We are a very well-established eco-school. Anything to do with environmental care is something we place great importance on so when I heard Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear, it started me thinking about electric cars.

"I test drove Nissan's electric car and it is superb. It's a bit different, very smooth and extremely quiet and it's got all the gizmos modern cars have.

"I think as an eco-school we are interested in this sort of development, it's the way of the future certainly and we are doing our bit.

"It's for our staff and any official visitors at this point. Now we have got it in the car park it will get people talking. It may not be used for quite some time but it's there and hopefully it will get people finding out more about electric cars."

As an eco-school, the Academy itself has already installed solar panels on the roof, take part in gardening and recycling and the EV charging point is their latest attempt to reduce their carbon footprint.

Mr Schofield says he is also considering investing in an electric or hybrid vehicle himself in the future.

Rolec EV's Business Development Manager, Bianca Alsop, said, "Rolec is on a mission to make Lincolnshire EV ready and we are very happy that Boston West Academy had a similar vision to ours.

"We are currently subsidising the cost of the pedestals, along with the Government grants so if you have a car park that is owned by a local authority in the county, please contact us for your free EV charging unit."

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  • Localperson55  |  November 26 2012, 12:50PM

    80% charge in 30 minutes from a commercial recharging station and between 8-16 hours depending on the charger at home. These cars cost from £26000 even with government subsidy which in my view is a tad expensive particularly when their range is taken into account (about 80 miles) although I accept that (except for the price) this is a great city car if you make short journeys and are close to one of this recharging points. It's all commendable and pioneering but I personally will pass until the battery technology and vehicle cost catches up with the internal combustion engine!

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  • Bob_Major  |  November 26 2012, 11:59AM
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  • LincolnFran  |  November 26 2012, 8:15AM

    I wonder how long it takes to charge a car.

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