Driving the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), improving air quality and tackling the climate emergency by ensuring all homes without their own offstreet parking are within five minutes walk of an EV chargepoint.
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30% of homes in the UK have only on-street parking, so are unable to install a home chargepoint. Flats or terraces in South Lakeland District make up 18,331 of the housing stock, with most lacking their own parking space.
40% of homes nationally are in flats and terraces, which do not have a driveway where they can plug in a vehicle. In parts of Cumbria, many villages have terraced streets with a lack of offstreet parking.
Lack of nearby charging points is slowing take-up of EVs by these households. Charge My Street's survey work (See Appendix 6 of the Business Plan) showed that access to chargepoints was the biggest barrier to adoption of EVs (over 70% of respondents). According to the “On the Move Report”1, interviewing respondents across four EU countries, 40% of respondents cited this reason (after vehicle purchase cost, at 47%).
The chargepoint network in Cumbria is patchy outside larger towns
The North West, has 7.4% of the UK’s chargepoints but is the third most populous region in the UK (after South East and London), with 11% of the population.
When Charge My Street was established, there were some chargepoints at Lancaster University and a handful around Lancaster District.
Charge My Street has supported the Lancaster City Council OLEV bid which has resulted in several more chargepoints so that 21.9% of homes without off street parking are now within 5 minutes’ walk of a chargepoint, up from 15.8% in 2018.
There was an increase in the rate of EV registrations in Lancaster City Council area after the installation of the first Charge My Street charger. This increase has been faster than Lancashire County as a whole, possibly because of the engagement work carried out by Charge My Street.
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