Scottish development creates largest EV infrastructure

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EV infrastructure, The Crescent,
Stacy MacMillan, sales consultant at The Crescent with David Pickles from Jorro.

A developer is “plugging in” to the surging demand for electric vehicles (EVs) by creating the most inclusive charging provision of any development built to date in Scotland

All 84 apartments at The Crescent at Donaldson’s, by CALA Homes (East), will be served by an EV fast charger, with the EV infrastructure built into the underground parking.

David Pickles, managing director with Jorro, said: “It is brilliant for a developer to have the foresight to include this level of EV provision in its plans.

“While many buyers may not yet have EVs or plug-in hybrids, it is inevitable that a majority will do in the not-too-distant future, as range increases and costs fall.

“The great thing about The Crescent is that the chargers are there, in place and ready to go. All buyers need to do is add the relevant plug unit, due to different car brands choosing varying solutions. Any costs therefore will be negligible.”

In a nod to the forward-thinking and energy-conscious designs of The Crescent, electric car manufacturer Tesla drove two of its vehicles into the grounds last month to test the facilities.

Owners at The Crescent will have access to an EO Genius charging unit, fully connected to the mains, with a dummy unit in place until the final set up is made. It is the first time an apartment development of this scale in Scotland has featured a comprehensive EV infrastructure.

The underground parking at the development is a result of a desire to minimise the impact of cars on the famed setting.

Philip Hogg, sales and marketing director for CALA Homes (East), said: “The entire project is centred on providing buyers with something truly aspirational, yet at the same time, entirely practical.

“This extends to the underground parking – which is extensive with a purpose of minimising any vehicle visibility, creating a secluded retreat in the heart of the city.

“It is highly likely that the vast majority of our owners and future owners at The Crescent will be requiring EV charging within the next few years – so we’re delighted to be able to offer them such comprehensive provision.

“It also greatly reduces the barriers to entry that prevent many people taking up ownership of these much more environmentally-friendly cars.”

Designed by Richard Murphy OBE, the architecture of The Crescent has been directly influenced by Edinburgh’s famous Georgian crescents.

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