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Morley Hayes launches new electric vehicle charging points

Derbyshire hotel, leisure and golf complex Morley Hayes has reinforced its commitment to sustainability after becoming one of only a handful of venues in the region to install a range of fast and rapid charging points for electric vehicles.

Hotel guests who drive an electric or hybrid vehicle can now charge their cars free of charge during their stay thanks to the installation of two 7Kw Tesla charging points, which are located at the hotel and golf pavilion.

Two additional charging points are also located on-site and are available for visitors to the hotel and golf facilities to use free of charge.

The most recent addition to facilities for drivers of electric vehicles is the installation of a rapid EV charging point, which has been installed near the new Tower Café. This will be available for use by all leisure and business motorists and will be subject to a fee.

Rapid chargers will charge the majority of EVs to 80% in around 30-60 minutes (depending on battery capacity).

The installation of the charging points forms part of Morley Hayes’ sustainability policy and underlines the company’s commitment to decreasing its carbon footprint and becoming more environmentally-focused.

The UK enjoyed a record year for electric vehicle sales in 2018, with almost 60,000 plug-in models sold. A total of 59,945 EVs were registered between January and December 2018 according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Sales of electric vehicles reached a record high in August 2018, accounting for one in every 12 new cars purchased in the UK (4.2%). According to the SMMT, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric cars now makes up more than 8% of the overall market.

Morley Hayes has responded to the growing number of business and leisure motorists using low-emission vehicles with the installation of the new charging points and continues to lead the field in customer service and commitment to sustainable development.

Commenting on the launch of the new charging points at Morley Hayes, managing director Andrew Allsop said:

“We are committed to ensuring we do everything we can to remain sustainable and protect the environment. We recognise that many of our customers are switching to low-emission vehicles and can now accommodate them with charging points throughout our hotel and golf complex and a rapid-charging point situated at our driving range.

“The new charging points are a fantastic new addition to our facilities and form part of our commitment to remaining at the forefront of sustainability in the hospitality industry.

“Electric vehicles are growing in popularity and the improvements they will bring to air quality are set to benefit us all in the coming years, not to mention the lower running costs for drivers of these vehicles,” added Andrew.

There are three main types of EV charging - rapid, fast and slow. These represent the power outputs, and therefore, charging speeds available to charge an EV. Power is measured in kilowatts (kW).

Drivers looking for the location of charging points can visit Zap-Map (www.zap-map.com), a UK-wide map of charging points. It helps EV drivers locate and navigate to available charge points. The website includes a search facility, a list of nearby chargers and detailed information about each charging point, along with a smart route-planner.

Set in the stunning Derbyshire countryside overlooking parkland golf courses, Morley Hayes offers a complete package for weddings, golf and leisure breaks, conferences and functions.

Boasting a luxury four star, 32-bedroom hotel and a choice of three restaurants, including the award-winning two AA rosette Dovecote restaurant, Roosters and Spike Bar, guests can enjoy the finest local produce, including beef farmed at Morley Hayes’ own working farm.

Golf facilities include a championship length 18-hole Manor course, 9-hole Tower course, a newly renovated 17 bay, all weather floodlit driving range, Tower Café, golf pavilion and the highly-respected East Midlands Golf Academy.


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