Sheffield-based A & S Leisure Group and Zest have confirmed the launch of four rapid EV charging points at Napoleons Casino in Sheffield.
The EV chargers are situated in a high traffic area with Owlerton Greyhound Stadium and the OEC Sheffield situated in the nearby area. Alongside this, the EV chargers are in close proximity to the A61 – one of the main routes into the heart of Sheffield city centre.
Zest, a UK EV charging point operator, helped develop these new rapid chargers. The 75kW rapid chargers are able to charge vehicles in “well under an hour” and will supply EVs with 100% renewable energy.
“We’re serious about supporting our customers as they switch to electric vehicles, and about being part of the drive to net zero scheme. The Zest model was of particular interest because of its green credentials and commitment to long-term operation, providing a reliable and hassle-free service for our customers,” said Mark Allen, CEO at the A & S Leisure Group.
In the past few months, Zest has been exploring further EV charging accessibility across the UK. In March 2023, the company signed a contract with Hackney Council to install more than 2,500 chargepoints throughout the borough, which in turn would create the most concentrated network of EV chargers within a local authority in the UK.
Alongside this, late last year Zest announced a new partnership with Ryedale District Council, North Yorkshire, to provide 10 rapid (DC) chargepoints to five of the district’s market towns.
The dual port rapid chargers are set to be installed in car parks across the district including WaterLane, Malton; Eastgate, Pickering; VivisLane, Pickering; Ropery, Pickering; Cleveland Way, Helmsley; and St Nicholas Street, Norton-on-Derwent.
The announcement came shortly after North Yorkshire County Council became one of five Midlands local authorities to receive almost £1 million in government funding to install EV chargers in areas with limited off-street parking.
Commenting on the partnership with A & S Leisure Group, Robin Heap, CEO of Zest said: “It’s been great to work with The A & S Leisure Group Limited to secure more charging infrastructure to what is an underserved area of Sheffield. Destinations that act now – to meet the charging needs of customers and passing drivers – are those that will thrive in the ongoing electric migration.”