The newest electric vehicle (EV) chargepoint in our project with Charge My Street has been installed in Barrow and charged its maiden car, this week.

West Point House is now the first place on Walney Island and one of the first in Barrow to be equipped with EV chargepoints. A double socket has been installed with the hope of increasing charging opportunities for locals and the 40 residents of West Point House.

Deputy mayor of Barrow Helen Wall officially opened the chargepoint as it gave its first charge this week. Helen said: “I was very thrilled to take part in launching the chargepoint today. We in Barrow are proud to have a low carbon committee and all our members are extremely passionate about low carbon issues. This chargepoint represents a great step forward for Walney”.

The installation was part of an ongoing project to establish 100 new publicly accessible EV chargepoints across Cumbria and Lancashire. Charge My Street are still looking for sites that are eligible for further installations.

Heather Cockett Phillips, joint owner of West Point House said:
“We are truly delighted that we are able to offer our residents and the wider community the opportunity to go green and use an electric car. Recent weeks where people have had to stay at home and not travel in their cars has shown a reduction in pollution levels -wouldn’t it be great if we could keep this going to reduce the damage humans do to the earth!”

Will Maden of Charge My Street said: “The level on enthusiasm for more sustainable ways of living we’ve seen on Walney has been brilliant to see. We are looking for sites where landowners have a desire to see more EVs on the roads and a sense of benefit to their community and we have certainly found that at West Point House”.

Charge My Street will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday 30th June about their project to install 100 EV chargepoints. Anyone who would like to discover more about the project or attend the webinar should register.