chargepoint in a car park

We helped to install a network of community-owned electric vehicle charge points in the North of England.

CAfS supported a network of partners in an effort to install electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints in the North of England through identification of the host sites and promotion of a community share offer.

man charging electric carThe uptake of electric vehicles to replace petrol and diesel engines is one of the bigger changes many of us will have to make in the coming years. In order to be certain that people in Cumbria are able to make the switch with confidence, first we need to make sure the charging network is up to scratch!

That’s what a programme led by the community benefit society Charge My Street aimed to do, through its model of community-owned chargepoints.

CAfS was one of several partners in this project, which was funded by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency.

The purpose was to expand the current UK charging network outside of all the conventional places where they tend to be sited. For people who don’t have driveways, not being able to charge their cars overnight can put them off switching to an EV. For those who drive long distances daily, the anxiety over running low on battery can put them off adopting EVs.

CAfS had two main roles within the project.

Finding hosts

CAfS was responsible for helping to identify around 100 locations in Cumbria and Lancashire that are suitable and willing to host a chargepoint. Our friends over at Durham County Council took care of the other side of the Pennines.

In a nutshell: We searched for spots with at least two off-street spaces for electric vehicles, with mobile data phone signal or broadband access, and which were available for use by the public overnight, at times during the day, or both.

Charge My Street wants everyone to live within five minutes’ walk of a chargepoint. With CAfS’ contacts and local knowledge, we helped to identify suitable sites for chargepoints, where they could best benefit the communities of the North West.

If you would like to host a chargepoint, visit the Charge My Street website to find out more.

For more information on the way the installation works, you can watch our webinar we held on June 30 2020 here.

Share offer

charge my street directorsIf the location of new chargepoints is left to the commercial market, there’s a risk they’d mainly be in the busiest car parks of the busiest service stations. To overcome this and bring chargepoints to the places where local people need them, the chargepoints installed by Charge My Street are paid for through community share offers.

A share offer ran from 24 February to 31 March 2020. Over its course, £130,000 was raised in community shares. This money will be used to ensure that in as many cases as possible, the installation of the chargepoints was cost-neutral to the host sites.

Find out more about the share offer.

If you want more information on electric vehicles and how they fit into our vision of a zero carbon Cumbria, check out their section in our sustainable living guide.

Innovate UK logo