Electric car chargers have been installed at a winery as “the future” becomes the present.
Buzzards Valley, near to Bassetts Pole, is now the proud home of two fully operational chargers. And they unveiled them at a special launch event last Thursday (April 4).
Explaining how it all came about Pete Viggers, of Buzzards Valley, said: “At a network meeting I met a lady who said ‘how do you fancy having some electric car chargers?’ and I said I don’t think we will be able to afford it. She said ‘well actually, yes you can’ so we got it funded.
“They have actually been operational for a month or so now, it was just a case of getting all the bits and pieces sorted and working out when to do the launch.
“It is a win win for us. We are offering something that is environmentally friendly and something that is the future.
“It is not for the income, it is for the people; to offer another service to customers. We are five minutes off the A38, if you are going to Birmingham or coming out and you want to go somewhere for a quick charge you can come here, have a bite to eat or a quick coffee and then be on your way. In this immediate area nobody has got chargers. It ticks all the boxes.”
Funded by Plug-N-Go, the chargers will cost just 36p a kilowatt and between £2 to £3 for a ‘meaningful’ top up.
Peter Brock, who is responsible for marketing and business development at Plug-N-Go, said: “By 2040 dealerships won’t be allowed to sell non-electric vehicles. There are a bunch of benefits for installing these chargers now.
“First and foremost, it gets people here to Buzzards Valley. If you are an electric car driver you are going to plan ahead for your trip and you are going to plan to go to places that have electric vehicle chargers so if someone was looking for somewhere to have dinner or visit in the area they’d look and they’d say ‘let’s go to Buzzards Valley’.
“There is the environmental side of things, it is great to have that attached to your business, and then finally there is a bit of profit involved in it. Ultimately it is future proofing because say you have a few charging events, maybe one or two a day at the moment, when electric cars are more mainstream, and it is a when, then you will be a prime location.
“It is unavoidable you will pay more up front for an electric vehicle but over five years you are going to make that back by the fact there’s not as many moving parts so it doesn’t cost as much to service, fuel is just outrageously cheaper – you are talking £5 for a full ‘tank’ and then things like congestion zones in cities, road tax, all these things that you usually have just don’t apply.
“Electric vehicles aren’t even the future anymore, they are the present. The business case for having chargers is strong especially as it doesn’t cost anything! It is a no brainer.”
Jeff Longley, owner of Mr Electric, added: “Plug-N-Go pay for everything. Buzzards Valley pay nothing and they don’t pay anything going forward. They are ticking all the boxes at no cost to themselves.
“Electric cars are so fun to drive. They are totally different. There is no going through the gears, it is absolutely instant power. They are far better to drive, they are far quieter – they are silent because there is no engine. There are far fewer moving parts in them, even the brakes – as you take the foot off the accelarator it brakes so you are not using your brakes,there is no exhaust, no engine, no pistons, all those type of things.”