Aston Barclay has made itself EV-ready with the installation of twin electric vehicle chargers across its network.
The independent remarketing specialist has had the plug points installed at its centres in Chelmsford, Donington Park, Leeds, Prees Heath and Westbury in preparation for an anticipated growth in EV and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
Aston Barclay said that the development had also become an essential element of its testing procedures as many electric/plug-in hybrid vehicles would arrive at site on a vehicle transporter, potentially delaying the testing and sales process.
Martin Potter, Aston Barclay’s group operations director, said: “We are just starting to see the number of hybrids and EVs being sent to auction slowly increase so we wanted to make sure we were well prepared for when used volumes start to further grow.
“Having twin chargers on every site also means buyers or vendors can charge their car while they are with us.”
The introduction of the fast charging units, installed by Crewe-based Renew Electrical, are Rolec WallPod Commercial Charge 32A units and are designed to offer full Mode 3 fast charging to every electric vehicle on the market in the UK.
The units are specifically designed for use in commercial areas as they require their own electrical supply - a 32amp unit will charge more than twice as fast as a domestic standard 13A plug.
This is vital for Aston Barclay as a fast charge enable used vehicles to be turned around quickly.