As part of a major redevelopment of Ruskin Square in Croydon, the 565-bay car park has been refurbished to include two electric vehicle chargers, one of the first charging stations in Croydon.
Since install in December 2016, usage has grown significantly month on month, exceeding anticipated targets. Such as been the demand that operators are considering a further four charge installations.
Franklin Energy has installed 8 x 7kW dual outlet fast chargers enabling 16 plug-in vehicles to be charged. Access is provided through Franklin’s LiFe EV smart phone app, allowing on the spot access to drivers with no subscription costs.
The site, owned by Schroders, is managed by JLL who has led the wide scale new build and refurbishment project. A £500million programme, creating 1.25 million sq ft of much-needed new office space, homes and new shops and restaurants, work to the car park at a cost of £4million, now sees the state-of-the art facility open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Robert Byrne, Managing Director of Franklin Energy commented: “The EV install at Ruskin Square has been a huge success in terms of uptake. Demand for the current chargers has grown consistently both in terms of the number of users and the number of charging sessions, as well as increasing demand from new EV drivers wanting to charge at Ruskin Square
“The site operators are looking to explore the EV concept which is undoubtedly gaining rapid momentum. As one of the first centres to offer EV charging in Croydon, Ruskin Square will be recognised as an established base for electric drivers as more and more people inevitably make the switch.”
Richard Lewis of JLL commented: “Schroders wanted to ensure that the multi storey car park at Ruskin Square was the best in Croydon, in line with the prestigious development, so introduced EV charging stations to reflect customer demand and the growing need for this facility in urban areas.
Thanks to our great location at the heart of Croydon, we have an excellent dwell time which enables our EV drivers to charge at work or when shopping so needed an easy to use and efficient system which Franklin Energy has provided. We envisage that usage of this facility will only grow, so wanted to make sure we had everything in place to cater for the increased demand.”