All content on this case study was created prior to the acquisition of EB Charging by Blink Charging.
Watford Borough Council engaged Blink Charging to support their On-street Residential Charging Scheme (ORCS) application, following the successful installation of an Blink rapid charger more than 4 years ago. Blink was chosen for this project due to their experience of working with a range of local authorities to secure funding for and implement ORCS projects. These projects alleviate one of the largest obstacles to electric vehicle (EV) uptake – the perceived lack of sufficient charging infrastructure for those with no off-street parking at home.
Blink supported Watford’s funding bid with a feasibility study that looked at the DNO connections to ensure sufficient power was available for each site and consulted with local constituents to ascertain both the current and future demand for sites. Blink’s feasibility report provided the foundations for Watford Borough Council, allowing them to strategically choose sites based on the funding requirements, resulting in 10 additional on-street fast chargers and 15 lamppost charge points. These are to be implemented over the course of the contract.
Blink installed Alfen Twin fast chargers, delivering 7kW of power on each of two sockets, in a variety of public car parks and residential streets, and City EV lamppost chargers. Blink took responsibility for managing all the devices via their integrated back office and payment systems (Blink Go! App or RFID card). Watford Borough Council chose to partner with Blink for an Innovate UK project which piloted the inclusion of NetX – a network extender that increases the number of charge points available for residents.
Following the success of the initial ORCS project, Watford Borough Council is planning its next project with Blink Charging to continue the growth of its EV Infrastructure and install an additional 200 – 300 charge points across the city, including Ultra Rapid, Rapid, Fast, and lamppost charge points.