Leading children’s bike manufacturer IslaBikes has made one small concession to the car market – they have installed two 6.7kW electric car charging points at their factory and showroom next to the Ludlow Food Centre at Bromfield. The news will be welcomed by EV drivers who until now had only the Church Stretton charging point between Shrewsbury and Leominster.
It’s not all good news – the charging station is only available during business hours – but it’s a start; and it makes the simple business of pottering around the county without harming the environment a little bit easier. And it fits in with the Islabikes ethos of promoting healthy transport whilst protecting the planet.
The charging station is free to use (no cards required) and already one grateful traveller has charged up there. It would typically take about four hours at the Islabikes station to charge one of today’s electric cars from totally flat, but of course it’s most unlikely that a traveller would turn up with a totally empty battery. We’d anticipate each visitor to stay about an hour, the same as in Stretton. That’s good news for the Ludlow Food Centre, too; EV drivers can drop in for a shop and a cuppa whilst they charge up; and whilst they are there, they could buy their children the best bike in the world for little people.