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Social enterprise launches to grow local electric car charging points

Chris Satori

Lancaster residents aiming to switch to electric vehicles are being hampered by a lack of local charging points.  A survey by Charge my Street, a new Lancaster based social enterprise, showed that 75% of residents are not buying EVs (electric vehicles) because there is nowhere to charge them. 

With 50% of homes around Lancaster in terraces and flats, overnight home charging is not an option because there is no driveway or garage to leave a car overnight.  Air pollution regularly exceeds WHO limits on Lancaster’s one way system and car manufacturers are announcing plans to phase out dirty diesels, so pressure is building to sort out EV charging infrastructure locally.

Charge my Street is launching a new project to install chargepoints around Lancaster and Cumbria.  The local chargepoints will be at Lancaster Boys and Girls Club on Dallas Rd and Greaves Drive Bargain Booze, with others planned for Cumbria.  “Charge my Street is led by volunteers and we are looking for investment from local people to cover the costs of chargepoint installation.  It's no good waiting for the government to do something; we have to get cracking and do our bit” said Daniel Heery, who is developing the project, thought to be the first of its kind in the UK. 

Daniel was a founder member of Independent Networks Cooperative Association and Community Broadband Network and is a Director of both organisations.  As Vice Chair of Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership, he is passionate about getting people collectively involved in their local services and infrastructure.  He is a member of Cumbria LEP Private Sector Advisory Group and the Cumbria 3rd Sector Executive.

The launch takes place on Saturday 24th February at the Ashton Memorial in Williamson Park from 11.30 – 2pm for people who are interested in finding out more about electric vehicles. 

There will be presentations about chargepoints in the area, how to invest and demonstrations by local dealers from Nissan, BMW, Renault and Hyundai, with lunch sponsored by Bay EV, Lancaster’s local chargepoint installer.  Charge my Street is co funded by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK

The event is free but if you'd like to attend please register for a ticket at eventbrite, where you'll find more information about the event too.