- Seven new EV charge points at Riverbridge House Business Centre, Leatherhead, open for public use as local businesses commit to supporting growing number of EV drivers.
- New infrastructure particularly benefits the circa 50% of local households unable to charge an EV at home, marking a significant addition to the current charge point infrastructure in Mole Valley.
- Riverbridge House and 3ti provide a best practice example for shared use of EV charge points.
- Charge points installed and operated by 3ti Energy Hubs Limited, are able to charge vehicles at 3.5, 7, 11 and 22kW AC.
Seven electric vehicle (EV) charge points supplied by 3ti, the UK’s leading installer and operator of Solar Car Parks (SCPs), have opened for public use at Riverbridge House Business Centre, Leatherhead, Surrey. Originally designed as a convenient workplace charging option for Riverbridge House clients, the charge points are now available to the public and local residents, significantly boosting the EV charging infrastructure in the Mole Valley area.
“This is a timely opportunity to support clients, local residents and visitors to the area with convenient, accessible and most importantly, reliable EV charging facilities,” says Tim Evans, 3ti’s founder and CEO. “We have seen the demand for workplace EV charging for our own business and the 30-plus other businesses at Riverbridge House, increase dramatically over the past 12 months. This mirrors the growth of the electric vehicle market as a whole as drivers switch to cleaner, quieter, more economical and less polluting forms of transport.
“But we also know that around half of households in the UK can’t charge an EV at home, which makes the availability of reliable, reasonably priced charging facilities nearby, or at their workplace, a major factor when considering a switch from a petrol or diesel vehicle. Making the Riverbridge House charge points available to local residents and visitors to the area makes that decision easier for them. It is a short walk from Leatherhead town centre, so the ability to provide shoppers with a reliable ‘charge while you shop’ experience will also support local retail,” Evans concludes.
From today, Riverbridge House Business Centre clients, visitors and the general public will have access to seven charge points, each offering up to 22kW fast charging 24 hours a day, seven days a week on a pay-as-you-go basis. The charge points provide optimal charge for vehicles parked for two to four hours or longer, such as whilst drivers are at work, shopping or staying locally overnight. Installed and managed by 3ti, which has an office onsite at Riverbridge House, they provide a safe, well-lit, CCTV monitored, reliable charging experience.
“We take our commitment to the Leatherhead area incredibly seriously and are proud of our home of 13 years here in
the town. We are taking various steps to sustain and improve our leafy surroundings,” says Susan Hook, Director at Riverbridge House Business Centre. “We desperately need more widespread charging infrastructure if the UK is to support its growing number of EV drivers. We have been amazed at how frequently the charge points are in use during the day, and it makes sense to offer EV drivers public access to this facility when spaces are available. This approach complements our recent decision to adopt EMMA AI technology to monitor our energy usage as part of an ongoing commitment to reduce our carbon emissions,” she adds.
“By adopting a ‘charge where you stop’ mindset, as opposed to ‘stopping to charge’, and by rolling out accessible, efficient destination and workplace charging options, we can help provide EV charging infrastructure that is accessible to all. We hope the example set by Riverbridge House will encourage other businesses across the UK to take a more collaborative approach to EV charging and adopt similar practices to support their local community,” he concludes.
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Notes to Editors
3ti is the UK’s leading designer, installer, funder and operator of Solar Car Parks (SCPs). 3ti has a unique three technology (“3t”) approach to generating renewable energy from car parks.
By integrating local mains electricity with solar power, Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) and EV charge points, 3ti provides secure, consistent, clean solar energy for businesses whilst simultaneously providing low carbon, fast EV charging infrastructure for employees, suppliers, customers and the general public.
3ti is passionate about renewable energy and believes that providing low carbon EV charging infrastructure is the key to decarbonising the transport sector.
Solar energy from car parks is a low cost, low carbon and innovative way to power buildings and EV chargers, enabling customers to generate their own renewable energy and work towards achieving net zero emissions.
The 3ti team is responsible for the two largest SCPs in the UK, at Bentley Motors, Crewe and JP Morgan Chase, Bournemouth, is working on multi-site projects for the Ministry of Defence and has already installed around 10 MWp of solar PV across some 2,500 parking spaces around the country.
About Riverbridge House Business Centre
Optimum serviced office provider, Maylams Quay Limited, celebrated its thirteenth birthday in September 2022, by reaching record occupancy levels of 100% at its purpose-built office space alongside the picturesque River Mole in Leatherhead, Surrey.
To date, more than 50 companies, employing a total of around 300 people, have relocated to the business centre, which offers modern, light, air-conditioned office space with state-of-the-art technology and flexible, low cost virtual office packages. Riverbridge House has 18,000 sq. of serviced offices, offering first class office accommodation for approximately 215 workstations, just 5 minutes’ walk from the town centre.