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.