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re­open on Novem­ber 18 as Bougainvil­lea Bar­ba­dos.

Sales and mar­ket­ing man­ager Ja­mal Grif­fith said the ren­o­va­tions in­cluded a new ex­te­rior façade; a makeover to the in­te­rior de­signs; a new full ser­vice Karma Spa and Well­ness Cen­tre and two new restau­rants.

“Our en­tire team at Bougainvil­lea Bar­ba­dos is so de­lighted with the op­por­tu­nity to wel­come guests to a new ex­pe­ri­ence this year,” he said.

“Though we main­tained our fa­cil­ity very well over the years, the own­ers and man­age­ment are com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing the prod­uct with a view of the fu­ture. This speaks vol­umes about vi­sion, and the level of com­mit­ment the or­gan­i­sa­tion has to the lo­cal econ­omy, the tourism in­dus­try and to our staff, who were ac­tu­ally in­te­gral in the ren­o­va­tion, as many weren’t laid off, but opted to stay on and as­sume roles in­te­gral to the project,” Grif­fith said.

Elec­tric ve­hi­cles che er t tr vel

ELEC­TRIC CAR CHARG­ERS are pop­ping up at a rapid rate and “fill­ing up” is cheaper than tra­di­tional gas and diesel.

One of new­est was re­cently in­stalled at City Cen­tre Mall in Bridgetown, and by the end of this week, four more will be lo­cated in the new Massy com­plex at Ho­le­town, St James. Twelve more will be in­stalled at other lo­ca­tions in the com­ing days.

Chief tech­ni­cal of­fi­cer with Me­gapower, which im­ports the elec­tric ve­hi­cles, Si­mon Richards, told the WEEK­END NA­TION there were more than 300 charg­ing points to ser­vice the 270 so­lar cars.

“A lot of those are re­stricted to lock down lo­ca­tions, for just those businesses or their cus­tomers or home lo­ca­tions. . . .We have more charg­ing points in Bar­ba­dos than cars, and that is quite de­lib­er­ate. A lot of peo­ple have a charger at home and a charger at work [and it’s] the pub­lic charg­ing net­work that we’ve built to al­low for the ex­pan­sion on the is­land.

“The way of get­ting peo­ple to buy cars is that they are com­fort­able that they can fill them up. So we want to put a charger on ev­ery cor­ner, on ev­ery street, in ev­ery shop­ping mall, in ev­ery of­fice block, in ev­ery block of houses and ev­ery block of flats. In time, any­one that has a car has the op­tion of an elec­tric car, and it’s to put in a charger in the right place,” he said, adding that Bridgetown was an im­por­tant site for the com­pany.

There is a $3 per hour fee for use of the charg­ers. They are ac­ti­vated with an RSID card, which works like a debit card and cus­tomers can opt for pre-paid and post-paid ser­vices. There is one or­ange ul­tra-charger which fills up in 20 min­utes; and hun­dreds of green fast charg­ers, which take be­tween three and six hours to fill up. A sec­ond ul­tra-charger will soon be in­stalled at The Walk com­plex at Welches, St Thomas.

Sales and op­er­a­tions man­ager Ana Her­rera ex­plained the sav­ings cus­tomers could en­joy by switch­ing.

“BL&P elec­tric­ity rate for the month of Oc­to­ber was $0.49 per kilo­watt hour (VAT in­clu­sive). A 24-Kilo­watt ve­hi­cle re­quires 24 kilo­watts of power. The cost for a full recharge would be $11.80. The cost to recharge a 30 kilo­watt bat­tery is $14.76. That is $0.09 per kilo­me­tre. Petrol ve­hi­cles are eas­ily two or three times the price.”

Recharg­ing times

Her­rera said recharg­ing times var­ied ac­cord­ing to charg­ing speed. Overnight units, for ex­am­ple, take eight hours. Faster charg­ing is pos­si­ble on the Me­gapower pub­lic net­work, which de­liv­ers 45 kilo­me­tres per hour and rapid or ul­tra charg­ers can give driv­ers an 80 per cent charge in 20 min­utes.

The ve­hi­cles come in 24 kilo­watt or 30 kilo­watt ca­pac­ity, which al­low for a driv­ing range of ap­prox­i­mately 130 kilo­me­tres or 180km, re­spec­tively, on a full charge. The fre­quency of the charge de­pends on the driver and the com­mute. Her­rera said re­sults from a study con­ducted three years ago showed the av­er­age driver did 42 kilo­me­tres per day and 24 kilo­watt own­ers were recharg­ing ev­ery third day.

Her­rera said Me­gapower had in­vested “heav­ily” in so­lar photo voltaic sys­tems at lo­ca­tions and put enough clean en­ergy into the grid to off­set the en­ergy con­sump­tion of elec­tric ve­hi­cles on the is­land. ( YB)

Mul­ti­ple users

He ex­plained be­cause the ser­vice al­lowed mul­ti­ple peo­ple to use one ve­hi­cle, it could help to ease the traf­fic jams which oc­cur on morn­ings and again dur­ing the evening.

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