As part of the Shift! EV accessibility project which Disabled Motoring UK is involved with, two new accessible electric vehicle (EV) charging bays will be installed in Brighton and Hove. Working with the city’s EV Charging Operator, EB Charging and ourselves, the bays will be installed at Rottingdean Marine Cliffs Car Park. This will mean that disabled EV owners in the area will have access to a fast charger which is able to provide a full charge in less than four hours. The installation is set to happen in a couple of weeks’ time. The council will also be adding in two more standard disabled bays to ensure that disabled motorists in petrol and diesel cars are not found wanting.
EB Charging has been developing software which will allow users to pre-book an EV charging bay through the EB Go! App. The app includes an option for motorists to book assistance should they require support when operating the charger.
Throughout the trial period Brighton and Hove Council will be asking for feedback from users regarding things like the dimensions of the bays and the charging units and their experience of using the EB Go! app. They are now looking for EV drivers who hold a Blue Badge to take part in a survey to help them understand how they can develop the project further.