Jersey Electricity imports 95% of all the electricity consumed in the Island from guaranteed low-carbon nuclear (64% ) and Hydro (34)% sources in France through three undersea supply links. These links are known as Normandie 1, 2 and 3. Since the first cable was installed in 1985, access to low-carbon nuclear and hydropower has enabled Jersey to avoid emitting around 11 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, greatly helping the Island reduce overall emissions by over 40% since 1990.
With road transport currently accounting for around a third of Jersey’s emissions, switching to electric vehicles powered by an already virtually decarbonised electricity supply offers huge opportunity to further reduce Island emissions. To encourage this, Jersey Electricity continues to expand the Island’s public Evolve EV charging network. In June 2020, JE installed rapid chargers at Long Beach, Grouville in the East of the Island and Red Houses, St Brelade, in the West to add to the one at the Powerhouse, St Helier.
These 50kW chargers are capable of fully charging the average electric vehicle in well under one hour. For many vehicles, these rapid chargers can charge 80% of the vehicle’s capacity in just 25mins – and being situated next to the beach and the play area, that will give you enough time to stretch your legs.