RAU buzzing for electric motors

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) is thrilled to be getting its first electric vehicle charging point in September, thanks to our partnership with local manufacturer Viridian EV, based in Cirencester.

As part of the RAU’s environmental commitments, and our new Travel Plan Strategy, sustainable travel options will be encouraged throughout the University.

In a rural area, electric vehicles (EV) are a fantastic low emission option – they reduce local air pollution, cost as low as 3p per mile to run, and are supported by government grants to run.

The new charge point will use a state of the art 3-phase power system to charge a car or van to full within four hours, and will be used to help transition the University’s vehicle fleet to electric over the next five years. The RAU has three solar PV arrays on campus to help power the chargers, as well as only purchasing grid electricity from renewable sources.

Viridian EV presenting the charge point to the RAU

Viridian EV presenting the charge point to the RAU

Viridian EV, a specialist manufacturer and solutions provider for EV charge points, kindly donated the charge point and provided advice on electric vehicle charging and its requirements, before arranging for a local installer, Telemental, to provide valuable advice on the installation. Set up by Allan Burns in 2016, Telemental Ltd provide a design consultancy service which offers advice on how to make buildings and projects smarter, and more energy efficient. Allan visited the RAU campus to help plan our infrastructure, and ensure the EV charging points are able to meet an increasing demand.

With both Viridian EV and Telemental, and soon the RAU, running electric vehicles, this is a very low-carbon and sustainable project.

As well as being good for the environment, this type of technology fits in with the RAU’s new Farm491 innovative, which encourages entrepreneurship in the agritech sector.

The RAU will also offer student, staff and visitor charging points from October 2016.

Read an article in the Wilts & Glos Standard about our donation