Glastonbury Festival announced on its websitethat electric vehicles that ran out of charge on site would be charged £80 for an hour’s slow charging should their batteries run out of charge on site. Later after some abrupt feedback from customers it was reduced to £50 This is despite the festival being offered climate friendly charging by ZPN Energy since 2021.
Speaking to the Somerset County Gazette in 2020,Emily Eavis said that they are “the only festival with a conscience” where it comes to the climate. According to BBC research the Eavis family gives environmental charity Greenpeace £500,000 in direct donations every year as well as free rein across the site to recruit festival goers in a relationship that has been going strong since 1991.
“Why then charge £50 or even £80 per hour torecharge an electric vehicle?” fumes James Foster, CEO of ZPN Energy, offered to install cost effective renewable energy powered charging points on the site for the users or Glastonbury Festival.
The charging equipment, ZAP Store and ZAPMEmobile EV charging units, would have been themselves charged off-site and then taken to the festival site. The chargers ultimately used by Glastonbury Festival at far and away above market rates were also powered by diesel generators.
ZAP Store and ZAPME
ZPN Energy’s ZAP Store is a shipping containersized unit that stores up to around 3 megawatt-hours of electricity, and can be charged off-site using renewable energy. This would be able to give full charges to 50 EVs with average sized 60kWh batteries. Meanwhile the mid sized ZAPME battery-based mobile charging system fitted in the back of standard electric van can deliver up to 50kW of charge to vehicles in the car parks at such a speed that no one would be inconvenienced if caught behind them. These too are recharged using renewable energy off-site.
Foster continues, “Glastonbury like COP26 andGoodwood Festival of Speed were all using diesel generators to charge EVs on site – The CommonWealth games have now done the same and all publicly claim that a solution or technology doesn’t exist. They were offered a solution, ignored it and some of these demanded that we also pay at least £35000 as an exhibiter. He added ‘this hardly sits with these events ‘having a conscience’, does it? In Glastonbury Festival case ifit was genuinely concerned about the climate rather than PR, they would invest in and support the EV revolution!”
The best data available shows that half amillion EVs are on the road today with the proportion of battery electric vehicles being sold significantly increasing every month. Society of Motor Manufacturer and Traders (SMMT) figures show that battery electric vehicle sales accounted for 12.4% of all new cars sold as of May 2022.
To add to this, new EV camper vans such as theVolkswagen ID Buzz and Mercedes EQV are set to come on the market this year. Foster points out, “The VW ID Buzz and EQV camper vans are practically built with festivals like Glastonbury in mind! Isn’t it time that the festival and
event organisers set about catering for climate friendly vehicles?”