image for Electric charge point item typeElectric Vehicle Charge Point at Centre For Alternative Technology

Electric Vehicle Charging Point

Electric Vehicle Charging Point

  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Electric charge point, free entry



Llwyngwern Quarry,
SY20 9AZ

Events at this Venue

date event
Mon 31 Oct - Tue 1 Nov Stove Installers
Fri 4 Nov Bonfire Radicals + Silence in Sound
Fri 4 - Mon 7 Nov Eco Refurbishment
Fri 4 - Sun 6 Nov Environmental Filmmaking
Sat 5 Nov Wood Fire Guru
Sat 12 Nov Introduction to Solar P.V.


The electric vehicle charging unit is free of charge for the visitors of CAT and includes standard socket outlet consisting of 13 Amps and 32 Amps. The charging outlet includes the provision of a Residual Current Device (RCD) for electric shock protection.

The 32 Amps outlet will provide a ‘fast charge’ typically up to 4 hours whereas the 13 Amp standard charge arrangement would typically take 6-8 hours to fully recharge a vehicle.

According to CAT's Zero Carbon Britain 2030 report the transport sector currently accounts for around 29% of UK greenhouse gas emissions, including the UK’s share of international aviation and shipping. The largest share (about 40%) of these emissions is from private cars.
Electric vehicles produce about 50% less CO2 compared to petrol or diesel vehicles under the current grid mix and this will decrease to near zero as the electricity network is decarbonised.

At CAT about 20% of our electricity is generated on-site from renewable sources topped up from the grid sourced through 100% renewable electricity from Good Energy.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsPushchairs availableRegional Tourist Board MemberTelephone (public)Welcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Assisted Access, Coach Access. Group Rates available. Special offers for visitors arriving by train, bus, bike or foot.

Opening Details

Open all the time

Please let the reception staff know that you have arrived by an electric vehicle. They will assist you with the charging facilities. During the winter months when the reception at bottom car park is closed please drive through the north drive (the road going up on your left) and park at the dedicated EV charging bay.


Free entry

Free for visitors



Plan route to Centre For Alternative Technology using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SH 755044  Lat: 52.62305 Long: -3.84062

CAT is located three miles north of Machynlleth on the A487, look out for the brown signs.

Bus services run from Machynlleth and other major towns. The T2 runs regular routes from Aberystwyth to Bangor. The T2 also passes the centre as well. It's worth looking online if you're planning to travel by bus and ask the driver about the best place to alight for the centre.

National Cycle Network Route 8 passes via CAT's entrance and the road from Mach to CAT is quiet and safe (see map above).

Trains are frequent and it doesn't take long to get from the Midlands to Machynlleth.

We have free car parking at our reception and there are plenty of spaces.

EV Car Charging point free to Cat Visitors, please notify reception on arrival and they will assist you with the charging facilities.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 3 miles from Machynlleth station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Pushchairs availablePushchairs available
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality

Assisted Access, Coach Access. Group Rates available. Special offers for visitors arriving by train, bus, bike or foot.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis gravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas a ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 30
      Number of steps to entrance
    • YesHandrail by steps
  • YesRamp to entrance
    • YesHandrail by ramp
  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu


  • There is disabled parking at the top of both driveways. Please don't hesitate to call us on 01654 705989 for more information.

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