Sustrans has partnered with Bosch eBike Systems to introduce e-bike charging stations at key locations on the National Cycle Network. All of the charging stations will be free to use.
In June last year, we reported on a similar move by Bosch – this time in partnership with Highland Perthshire Cycling – where charging stations were installed within a network of cycling trails put together for the Perthshire Gravel project.
The aim here is similar. Sustrans wants to make the UK's routes and countryside more accessible to e-bike riders. The hope is that the charging stations will allow people to attempt longer rides and explore new places.
“By installing charging stations across the National Cycle Network, we are delivering our shared-vision for a UK-wide network of traffic-free paths, connecting cities, towns and countryside, loved by the communities they serve,” said CEO Xavier Brice.
The charging stations are known as PowerStations and are currently only compatible with Bosch batteries. Sustrans says that future phases of the project will bring compatibility with other systems.
Six PowerStations have been installed so far: one at Eastside Community Trust on the Bristol and Bath Railway Path; one in Sherwood Forest on National Route 6; and four in Scotland on the Caledonia Way, the 234-mile route that runs from Campbeltown to Inverness.
They’re located in fully accessible indoor locations and you don’t need your own charging cable. Charge times will obviously vary depending on the size of the battery, but an 80 per cent charge can typically be achieved in around an hour. Six batteries can be charged at a time with each one secured in a lockable compartment.
Chris Astle, UK Marketing Manager for Bosch eBike Systems, said: “Working with Sustrans to continue to roll out e-bike charging across the UK was a natural decision for us.
“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to develop the National Cycle Network and make these amazing routes accessible to everyone.
“I can’t wait to see more e-bike riders and their families get active and explore the British countryside in new ways with support from these charging stations.”