Electric Brighton Newsletter - Spring 2018

May 17th 2018

The following is our newsletter which is emailed out to our mailing list every few months with local EV news. If you'd like to subscribe, head over to our Hug the Plug campaign and fill out the form.


Welcome to our second Electric Brighton newsletter - and if you're new, thank you for joining our Hug the Plug campaign.

Local news

Brighton's getting super-charged!


Brighton & Hove Council have announced they've been awarded a £300,000 government grant from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles, for the installation of on-street chargers right across the city.

Chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee, Councillor Gill Mitchell, said: "We are delighted to have been successful in our bid for this funding", adding "this funding will enable us to provide additional electric vehicle charging points in residential areas."

This fantastic news is sure to help supercharge the city's uptake of electric vehicles and we're really excited to see new charge points appearing for the city's residents.

You can read the full announcement on the Council's website.

Big Lemon goes big!

Big Lemon

Image © Big Lemon

Groundbreaking local bus company Big Lemon, is a step closer to operating the country's first fully electric bus fleet, as it closed it's recent investment round and placed an order for three new electric buses. The buses will begin operating in the Autumn, powered by Big Lemon's own solar panels, situated on their bus depot roof.

Read all about Big Lemon's amazing work on their blog.

New electric vans for Brighton & Hove Bus Company

Brighton Buses

More bus related news as Brighton & Hove bus company announced late last year that they will be adding six new electric Renault Kangoo vans to their fleet, supporting their workshop staff.

You can read more about their new additions here.

Improved pricing at Brighton's Rapid charger

Withdean Leisure Centre Bay

Freedom Leisure, who set the prices on Brighton's only 50kWh rapid charger at Withdean Leisure Centre, announced reduced pricing for the unit which started in April.

Charge Your Car customers can now enjoy a simple 30p per kWh pricing for the unit, with a minimum £1.50 spend.

You can find out more information about this charging location on our website.

The continued increase in local ownership


The latest Government figures show yet again the continued growth of electric and plug-in vehicle owners in Brighton and Hove, with 11% increases in both Q3 and Q4 2017.

This brings the total electric and plug-in vehicles registered in the city to 272 - a figure that has doubled in just 18 months.

Electric Brighton news

What have we been up to?

We've been continuing our efforts to promote electric vehicles, sharing industry and local news through our social media channels. At the start of the year, we launched our Hug the Plug campaign to map demand for EVs in the city. Our ads on Facebook and Twitter reached over 6,000 people and our Hug the Plug map has been filling up since. We'd like to thank everyone who signed up and helped share our campaign to highlight the demand for the city.

To keep up to date with EV news and updates, you can follow us on twitter and facebook. If you have any news, suggestions or feedback then feel free to drop us a line on twitter, facebook or email us hello@electricbrighton.com.

Thank you for your support,

Tom, Electric Brighton 🚙 ⚡️