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Flowbird completes EV charge point pilot for Wokingham Borough Council

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Flowbird Smart City UK has completed its local authority electric vehicle (EV) charge point pilot project for Wokingham Borough Council.

Wokingham EV drivers can access Flowbird Smart City UK’s App which charges for both the parking session and the kW consumed.

The trial allows the council to offer combined or separate parking and charging rates. The app can be accessed by registered users or guests.

The new EV charge points - located in parking sites across the borough at Dinton Pastures Country Park, Carnival Pool MSCP and Shute End Eastern car parks – are all three-phased, which give out a 22kWh charge, and support all new EVs that utilise a standard AC charger.

Geoff Hislop, parking manager, highways and transport at Wokingham Borough Council, said: “We chose Flowbird Smart City UK for this trial as their solutions are both cutting-edge and reliable.

“We are confident we now have infrastructure that will support the demand for electric vehicle use now and in the future.”

The system is backed up with a 24-hour support line to help end-users troubleshoot any operational issues.

READ: The Government’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy

Flowbird Smart City UK’s Cale Web Terminal will also be linked directly to the charge points, providing options for everyday park and charge users.

Danny Hassett, Flowbird’s managing director Smart City UK, said: “Wokingham’s new EV connectivity will be innovative, as linking a payment terminal to a charge point is a new development in parking and charging.

“As EVs move from early adopters to the mainstream, people need simple ways to both park and charge and the option to pay in whichever ways suits them and councils need ways to price both parking and charging separately or as a bundle. This solution will meet both needs for the first time.

“For many years Flowbird Smart City UK have provided parking solutions that are known for their quality and support.

“We can offer a one-stop app to provide park and charge in Wokingham, which is easy to set up and cost effective for visitors and residents.”

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