Birstall Park & Ride now supports Electric Vehicle (EV) users. The installation of EV charging equipment was made possible with the help of Leicestershire County Council and the Plugged-in Midlands charging point grant.
Electric car charging is only available to those who are using the Birstall Park & Ride bus service that day. Charging is available during the opening hours of the site (07:00-19:00) so please bear this in mind when planning a visit to Leicester in your EV.
The Birstall Park & Ride installation comprises four charging posts with three pin (BS1363, 3kW) and seven pin “Type 2” sockets catering for up to eight EVs (four charging at 3kW and four charging at 7kW).
Do I need to register?
Access to the sockets is via a smart “RFID” card available from www.pluggedinmidlands.co.uk/join. The access scheme is currently on a membership basis meaning that EV users pay for an access card and then receive free electricity when they use the card at the charging sockets. Please note that the Park & Ride fee still applies and socket access will move to Pay As You Go (PAYG) in the coming months (more on this PAYG access billing soon). In the meantime, Plugged-in Midlands card users can enjoy free electricity at this site until PAYG is launched.
How do I access the sockets?
Accessing the sockets with your Plugged-in Midlands card is easy:
- Check that there is a space and a socket available.
- Park up, plug your cable into your car.
- Touch your membership card to the yellow card reader on the top of the post (hold the card for longer if you want to use the “Type 2” socket when both sockets are free).
- Follow the on screen instructions.
- Plug your lead into the post socket (ensuring that the socket cover is firmly, but carefully closed over the three pin plug/socket; the seven pin “Type 2” socket hatch does not close over the plug, but the “Type 2” plug is locked into the post).
- Check that your vehicle is charging (green lights on the post; please also check your vehicle before leaving to ensure that it is displaying the correct signs that it is charging).
- Lock your vehicle and purchase a Park & Ride ticket on bus.
- To terminate charging you will need to present the same access card (that initiated charging) to the post you are charging from. The socket cover or electromechanical locking system will disengage when the correct card is presented.
To use the “Type 2” sockets provided at this site, your vehicle must be “Mode 3” charging compatible and you must possess a “Type 2” charging lead. More information on these leads can be found on the Cenex website www.cenex.co.uk/programmes/plugged-in-midlands/charging-point-equipment/electric-vehicle-charging-cables and from your EV dealer. Don’t worry if your vehicle is only “Mode 1” or “Mode 2” charging compatible, you will still be able to charge your vehicle from the three pin socket side of each post.
If, in the unlikely event, you experience any technical issues please contact Plugged-in Midlands on 0845 838 0551 (service manned 24/7, technical issues logged; please note that the technical response team may be able to correct issues remotely, this service is available 09:00-17:00 weekdays only). The charging posts are also labelled with this helpline number.
If for any reason one or more EV charging points are bagged off, please do not remove the bags to use the charging points, even if operation lights are illuminated. These will have been put in place for your safety. We will ensure to resolve any problems as quickly and efficiently as possible and thank you for your patience. Please check the Park and Ride website before travelling for the latest site news or speak with the security officer on site for clarification.
For more information on other locations of charging equipment in the Midlands please visit www.pluggedinmidlands.co.uk/live-availability/
For FAQs on vehicle charging, security and grants please contact Cenex or view the Cenex website FAQs here www.cenex.co.uk/programmes/plugged-in-midlands/frequently-asked-questions