Electric car charge usage soars at Greater Anglia stations

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

More people than ever before are using electric car charging points at Greater Anglia stations.

Greater Anglia has two electric car charging points at Norwich, Broxbourne, Bishop’s Stortford, Harlow Town, Ipswich, Cheshunt, Wickford, South Woodham Ferrers, Waltham Cross, Hertford East, Ely, Stansted Mountfitchet and Witham car parks.

And figures show that usage has increased by nearly 70% over the past two years, with drivers using enough electricity to keep an electric car on the road for more than five years.

Last year, 26,586 kWh worth of energy was used by passengers to charge electric cars on the Greater Anglia network.

Recent studies show that electric cars produce around 40% less emissions than petrol or diesel cars. Other benefits include cheaper running costs, cleaner air and quieter engines.

Jay Thompson, Greater Anglia’s Head of Safety, Security and Sustainability, said: “There is a range of ways for people to get to our stations, and we are pleased that more and more people are making use of the electric car charging points.

“Some stations are used more than others - Bishop’s Stortford has the most-used electric charging points on the Greater Anglia network, and usage at Norwich and Cheshunt is high. However, usage at some stations - particularly Stansted Mountfitchet and Hertford East – is low, and I would like to remind passengers that we have these brilliant facilities which they are welcome to use.

“At Greater Anglia we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment, so we are very pleased that we can offer free electric car charging points at some of our stations.”

kWh used in 2016 kWh used in 2017
Norwich 2377 7268
Broxbourne 1585 1425
Bishop's Stortford 3963 8693
Harlow 462 1758
Ipswich 971 740
Cheshunt 1434 2498
Wickford 713 851
Waltham Cross 1907 1307
Hertford East 188 132
Ely 2096 1439
Stansted Mountfitchet 12 181
Witham No data 294
Total 15708 26586