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Charge My Street

Who benefits

One of the main barriers to adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK is a lack of chargepoints. This is a particular problem where people do not have their own driveways because they live in flats, terraced houses or rented accommodation.

Creating a community-owned EV charging network across the North West

Tony Haslam persuaded his courier company to provide him with an electric van now that he has access to a Charge My Street chargepoint.

Transport is responsible for about a third of the UK’s carbon emissions and, unlike other sectors, transport emissions have not been cut significantly since 1990. To tackle the climate emergency, we really need to cut back on petrol and diesel for transport. Pollution levels often breach legal limits and most councils in the North West have had to establish Air Quality Management Areas.

Part of the solution is to switch to electric vehicles (EVs). These are more efficient than petrol and diesel vehicles and the electricity they use can be generated by renewables. They will also have a role in helping to balance the electricity grid: providing storage when solar, hydro and wind power exceeds national demand.

In 2019 Charge My Street won £335,000 of grant funding from Innovate UK as part of the Scaling On-Street Charging Infrastructure (SOSCI) project. This allows Charge My Street to install and to operate a further 100 chargepoints in Lancashire and Cumbria.

Allowing local communities to fund their own chargepoints

Under the SOSCI project Charge My Street are looking to develop tools with which local communities can identify and finance their own chargepoint. The project also aims to test the extent to which community shares can provide the funding for chargepoints.

Charge My Street want to encourage potential users of the Charge My Street network to nominate sites and become investor members.  They are particularly keen to grow their membership to include individuals who:

  • Would like to do something practical to address the climate emergency now
  • Would like to see a network of community owned EV chargepoints delivering real environmental benefits
  • Live in a house or flat without a driveway to park your car and would like to save money charging your vehicle?
  • Have bought an EV and are worried about trailing a power cable across the pavement.

 

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