Welcome to EV Centres UK. We are a UK registered business, based in Cambridge, that is developing and installing the next generation of electric vehicle (EV) multi-point, rapid-charging centres throughout the UK.
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In 1910, Thomas Edison said: “Electric cars are the future of transportation.”
107 years later, that prediction is finally coming true. The electric vehicle revolution is here and it could turn out to be more dramatic than anyone has yet realised.
Figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that electric car sales in the UK have risen dramatically over the past few years. While only around 500 electric cars were registered per month during the first half of 2014, this has now risen to an average of more than 4,600 per month in 2017.
It is estimated that there will be between 1 million and 1.5 million EV’s on Britain’s roads by 2020. A ‘tipping point’ is predicted to be reached in 2018, when EV’s will become a more economic option than traditional petrol or diesel cars.
The Government wants “almost every car and van to be zero-emission by 2050”
There has been a huge increase in the number of electric and plug-in hybrid models available in the UK, with each of the 10 best-selling brands now offering an EV as part of their model range.
The electric car is on its way, and its on its way with real vengeance – Ian Callum, Director Of Design, Jaguar Cars.
Audi, Nissan, Ford, Volvo, Volkswagen, Porsche, BMW, Jaguar, Renault, Toyota, Kia and of course Tesla, are among those investing billions in new generation electric vehicles. Even Bentley will launch its own all-electric car in 2017.
There are now over 30 models that are eligible for a plug-in grant, with around 40 more on the way in the next few years.
The falling cost of lithium-ion battery production means that EV’s are rapidly becoming more affordable. In April 2016, Tesla launched its latest Model 3, which will be priced from $35,000 (approx. £26,500), bringing the Tesla firmly into the mid-range price bracket, with first deliveries set for “late 2017”.
The Renault ZOE is priced from £18,845 and the Nissan Leaf from £26,180.
And of course, a second-hand market is rapidly developing with companies such as our Canadian based on-line partners Even Electric leading the way.
- Fuelling an electric car costs from just 2p per mile, compared to around 10-12p per mile for a typical petrol or diesel car
- The average motorist could save around £800 per year in tax and fuel by switching to an electric car
- Electric vehicles are currently exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty (road tax)
- Government plug-in grants offer up to £4,500 off the price of an electric car, and up to £8,000 off the cost of an electric van
- Other benefits include exemption from the London Congestion Charge and free parking in many areas
- Electric cars require less maintenance compared to petrol or diesel cars, meaning British motorists could save £306 a year on repair bills by switching to an electric car
The big challenge today is to improve air quality and reduce pollution in our cities.
Record levels of air pollution in the UK is thought to be responsible for around 40,000 premature deaths per year.
Diesel vehicles are considered to be the primary contributor to this because they emit nitrogen oxides that contribute to health problems such as asthma.
Local authorities are committed to creating a cleaner environment, reducing congestion and encouraging more efficient forms of transport. With renewable energy from both wind and solar becoming cheaper to produce, this is now a realistic and achievable proposition.
Many city authorities including London, Cambridge, Bristol and Milton Keynes, have plans to completely remove traditional petrol & diesel vehicles from their streets and only allow electric vehicles to enter city centres.
London already has a ‘low-emission zone’ and has just announced an additional toxic or ‘T charge’ for diesel cars entering the city centre.
London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, has promised to: “Deliver the electric charging infrastructure, in partnership with the private sector, necessary for a major expansion in the use of electric vehicles.”
In Cambridge, the city’s new air quality action plan has targeted only having low-emission buses, taxi’s and commercial vehicles in the city by 2025.
The UK Government’s target is that by 2050 every new car in the UK will be a ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV).
We want to ensure that by 2050 every car and van on our roads is a zero emission vehicle – John Hayes, UK Transport Minister.
The UK’s current network of public chargers is inefficient and does not properly meet the needs of EV drivers.
A few chargers located on the road-side or tucked away in a car park is not the long-term answer, and will not be sufficient to service the mass adoption of ev’s.
Many chargers are in inconvenient locations and the network contains many faulty or obsolete charge points, with as many as 50% of chargers not working at any given time due to lack of maintenance or vandalism.
London Borough of Camden admits that it is struggling to keep more than 70 per cent of its charging points operational at any one time.
There have been reports of ‘charge post rage’ as EV drivers compete for access to too few available and working points.
A lack of policing means EV drivers often arrive at a charge point only to find it is blocked by an overstaying charger or even a non-electric vehicle using the bay simply as a parking space.
And roadside chargers can create a significant danger to pedestrians and other road users.
Trailing charging cables across pavements and kerbs create a significant ‘trip hazard’, particularly for visually impaired people, the elderly and young children.
Who would be held responsible if someone was seriously injured tripping over a trailing cable – the vehicle owner, the charging post owner, the local authority?
“There are too many different, competing, incompatible charging network operators requiring a plethora of RFID cards, phone apps and subscriptions.”
“Off motorway charging gets very patchy. Some local area initiatives just dumped a load of rapid chargers in town which is a bit of a nonsense.”
“Extending rapid charger coverage out along the A roads is urgent and critical.”
“The key is having a Plan B and C because if you hit 1 failed charger sods law means you will hit more. I got 3 failed chargers on the trot.”
“A major annoyance is when you arrive and all the chargers are in use.”
“I shouldn’t have to worry about the charger being down, or blocked by someone else.”
“Replace with destination chargers. We need charge points which aren’t hidden away, they might not get vandalised then.”
A Department of Transport survey in 2015 showed that the primary concerns of EV ownership were around recharging and in particular ‘range anxiety’ – the fear that a vehicle has insufficient charge to reach its destination.
The most important factors were the availability of working charging points and lack of knowledge of where charging points are.
With the predicted exponential growth in the EV market over the next decade, Britain requires a comprehensive and efficient solution to EV charging that properly meets the needs of EV drivers.
EV drivers are saying it, but the network providers and planners are not listening to them.
What EV drivers want are easily accessible, reliable and visible rapid charging centres with good quality facilities to make the most of the time spent charging.
What EV drivers want are eVclub’s!
eVclub is the next generation, fully managed, multi-point, EV rapid-charging centre, that fully meets the needs of EV drivers and provides a reliable and pleasurable ‘valet charging’ experience.
The eVclub rapid-charging station is unique in its design and integration.
The eVclub is a unique modular building, designed for use in retail parks and supermarket car parks and other locations such as park & ride, roadside service areas, airports and transport hubs.
The eVclub comes with a standard 20m x 20m footprint and creates approximately 800 square metres of retail space over 2 floors (approx. 400 square meters on ground & 1st floors) for coffee & food outlets, business centres, fitness studios and many other uses.
The building’s modular design means they can easily be adapted to meet specific site requirements in terms of size and shape and can be quickly installed with minimal building and construction work, keeping disruption to a minimum.
eVclub’s will have between 10 and 20 rapid charging bays, ensuring that drivers are guaranteed a fast and reliable charge, whilst making use of the additional services on offer.
Our customer lounge areas are designed to maximise comfort and efficiency while drivers are waiting for their vehicle to be charged.
With our state-of-the-art rapid chargers, the average charging cycle is around 20 to 40 minutes, so this time can be well-spent shopping, in business meetings, a quick work-out session or simply relaxing with quality coffee and food.
eVclub’s will feature:
- Between 10 to 20 rapid charging bays, depending on site size, with latest technology allowing vehicles to re-charge on average, in around 20 – 40 minutes.
- An easy Pay As You Go (PAYG) payment facility with all major credit/debit cards.
- Comfortable lounge facilities for customers to relax whilst charging.
- eVclub’s unique Concierge service, assisting customers with their vehicle charging.
- Retail, food and beverage outlets.
- Family friendly for mums & dads with children.
- Business centres and meeting rooms with high-speed broadband offering quiet and privacy for business people on the road.
- Fitness studio’s and mini gym facilities.
- EV’s to rent or buy through our dealership partners, WhiteCar and Even Electric.
- Access to EV service and repair centres.
- Our eVclub Membership Scheme with added customer benefits including special discounts on charging rates and special offers with our retail partners.
- Our eVclub Trade & Fleet memberships for companies and fleet owners.
- State of the art ‘back end’ management software system with phone app that can allow customers to pre-book a charge time slot and can fully integrate with our retail partners loyalty card schemes.
eVclub’s are vehicle agnostic, which means we can charge any electric vehicle. Our customers include private EV drivers, fleet drivers such as taxi’s and delivery vans.
We will accommodate buses and larger commercial vehicles at dedicated commercial vehicle charging centres.
eVclub’s offer customers a range of quality services and facilities, at reasonable prices, in a pleasant and comfortable environment.
Customers can pre-book a charge time slot on-line or by smart phone using our app
We also have a range of solutions designed for local authorities, private businesses or public services that require charging infrastructure but do not have the space or requirement for a full eVclub. Ideal for use in car parks, business parks, logistic centres or transport hubs.
These include a range of canopy’s to cover anything from 2 to 10 chargers. The modular construction means they can be designed for tandem or straight line bays. Solar panels can be integrated into the roof together with battery storage.
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We have assembled a highly experienced management team, each of whom bring essential, key skills to every sector of the business. With an average age of 59 years and almost 200 years’ collective business experience, this is a mature, extremely capable and highly motivated team of business professionals.
David Lloyd – Chairman. David Lloyd’s name is synonymous with innovation and business success. After a career as a top tennis professional and Britain’s Davis Cup Captain, David founded the pioneering David Lloyd Leisure empire, opening his first club in Heston in 1982. The business continues to run 92 tennis and fitness clubs throughout the UK and Europe. This ground-breaking and innovative concept, created an entirely new leisure and fitness industry and changed the lifestyle of millions.
Having floated the company in 1992, David subsequently sold the business to Whitbread, for a reported £200 million (£366 million equivalent value today), a record deal in the City at that time. David brings his invaluable experience of establishing a nationwide, multi-site, publicly listed company to EV Centres.
In a recent interview David said: “Electric vehicles are coming very quickly and they are here to stay. To have a purpose-built centre where you can charge your vehicle, have a coffee, do some business or even have a work-out, I just think it’s a very clever idea.”
Richard Gordon – Founder & CEO. Richard comes from a property background and has over 30 years’ investment and asset management experience advising HNW investors and private family offices from around the world. He built up a substantial company promoting some of UK’s major house builders including Berkeley Homes, St George, Persimmon Homes, George Wimpey, Bellway and Laing Homes, which he subsequently sold in 2009.
More recently, Richard has been involved in a number of real estate focused businesses, working on a number of projects with David Lloyd, including property in France, Thailand and Spain, as well as continuing to advise his own private HNW investors on prime UK office, land and hotel assets.
Iain Bailey, RIBA, RIAS – Design & Development Director. Iain is a professionally qualified architect based in Cambridge with a wealth of design and development experience throughout the UK. His focus has predominantly been in the retail and leisure sectors with projects specialising in the design of health & fitness clubs, hotel resorts, bars and restaurants. He has particular expertise in low energy / low carbon design & sustainable construction and he worked extensively with David Lloyd in the concept, design and roll out of the David Lloyd tennis and fitness centres.
Adam Lewczynski, B.Sc MRICS – Property Director. Adam is a Chartered Surveyor by profession with over 30 years industry experience. As well as running his own companies he has also been Investment Director and Fund Management Director for substantial property related private equity companies. His experience spans all property sectors covering investment, site acquisitions, planning, development and asset management throughout the UK and Europe. His focus is on the acquisition, planning and leasing of sites and buildings for the eVclub roll out.
Nick Lawrence – Technology Director. Nick has over 20 years experience in the leisure industry covering all aspects of sales, operations, marketing & CRM. He has detailed knowledge of membership software systems, data management, insight, BI and management reporting and full knowledge of subscription management, BACs processing, automated rejection processing and credit control. Nick’s key role is in developing our unique customer interface software system and associated phone apps.
Barry Owen – Integration Director. Barry has over 30 years’ Design & Build and Project Management experience working on many successful multi-million pound blue chip projects. His building design knowledge is key to managing the development and roll out of our eVclub sites. Barry is currently heading up our team responsible for local authority and commercial projects.
Robin Choudhury – Finance Director. Robin comes from a corporate finance background and brings a wealth of experience in his field. Having begun his career with Barclays de Zoete Wedd (BZW) and later Arthur Andersen, he went on to establish his own private investment firm in 1999, Cornucopia Capital. Cornucopia Capital is focused on deal origination, financing and investment in particular in the property, retail and leisure sectors, assisting management teams to raise private equity financing for a wide range of transactions including buy-outs, buy-ins and development capital. Robin is working closely with our funding partners and investors.
Mariam Okponobi – Company Secretary.
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Registered office: Salisbury House, Station Road, Cambridge, CB1 2LA
Company number: 10421068
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