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Online conference seeks potential hosts for electric vehicle chargepoints

Would you like to have a chargepoint for electric vehicles (EVs) at your business premises or community building? Or perhaps you’re curious about driving and charging EVs in the North West? Join in a free webinar next week with local experts who are leading the charge to expand our region’s EV infrastructure.

You’ll hear from the hosts, Charge My Street, about their ongoing programme to install 100 new public chargepoints throughout Cumbria and Lancashire in 2020 and encourage EV uptake in the region. All sorts of premises that are accessible to the public could be eligible to host one of the chargepoints, and the webinar is an opportunity to find out more and get your questions answered.

The webinar, in association with Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS), is on Tuesday 30 June from 4pm to 5.45pm, and features presentations by six speakers before it is opened to questions from the public. Speakers and topics will include:

  • Dr Bella Starling on owning an EV but not a driveway in the North of England.
  • Daniel Heery, director of Charge My Street, on its solution for public chargepoints
  • Mathew Kiziuk, Renault UK, on the benefits and opportunities of driving an EV
  • Adrian Powell, Charge My Street, on what it means to host an EV chargepoint on your premises
  • Heather Cockett Phillips, West Point House, on why their business opted to become a host
  • Phil Gray, Carlisle City Council, on why they are deploying Charge My Street chargepoints

“Recent years have seen a rise in the uptake of electric vehicles in the UK as more people seek out ways to reduce the impact they’re having on our environment,” said Daniel Heery, director of Charge My Street.

“We have also seen announcements of government initiatives aimed at supporting this wide-scale switch from petrol and diesel cars over the coming years, so now is a great time to start thinking about making the switch. It does require us to make a change to our usual way of motoring, and it’s no surprise that a large number of those without an EV say that one of the biggest factors putting them off is a lack of trust in an adequate public charging network. That’s what we want to address.”

Daniel added: “Currently only about 8% of UK chargepoints are located in the North West, so clearly things need to change if we are going to see a wider scale adoption of EVs in our region.”

Register now for the webinar

Charge My Street is a community benefit society that installs and operates public EV chargepoints. Their aim is for every home to be within a 5-minute walk of a chargepoint, so that those who don’t have a driveway to charge in can still consider switching to EV technology.

Charge My Street’s drive to install around 200 new chargepoints across the UK by the end of March 2021 is supported by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, along with South Lakeland District Council and Carlisle City Council.

For more information about Charge My Street, visit

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