EV Sales Expected to Surge in Cumbria, UK Thanks to Dozens of Public Charging Station Installs, Including Rapid Chargers

JAN 20 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 11

Cumbria, a county in North West England with a population of approximately 500,000 was not considered an EV owner’s paradise until a company by the name of Solway Renewables secured government funding to install a network of chargers called PodPoints.

Cumbria Denoted By Dotted Line and Letter A

Cumbria Denoted By Dotted Line and Letter A

Cumbria is now home to some 70 PodPoints, most of which are located “in private homes, B&Bs and hotels,” according to In-Cumbria.

That’s a start, but rapid chargers are needed in highly trafficked public areas to convince residents of Cumbria that EVs are a viable mode of transportation.  Quoting Suzanne Burgess, a director at Solway Renewables:

“They are not viable for everybody but they are for a lot of people. At least half of motorists in Cumbria could drive electric vehicles.”

Luckily, the install of rapid chargers is on the agenda now.  Cumbria County Council plans to install rapid-charging points in Carlisle, Penrith, Keswick, Cockermouth, Workington, Whitehaven, Kendal and Barrow, reports In-Cumbria.  The County Council hopes that some funding for these installs will come from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles.

County Council is doing its part by replacing some of its fleet with EVs and the general consensus is that once chargers are seen by the motoring public, EV sales will increase.

Is it really that simple?  Install public chargers and then buyers buy EVs?

Source: In-Cumbria

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11 Comments on "EV Sales Expected to Surge in Cumbria, UK Thanks to Dozens of Public Charging Station Installs, Including Rapid Chargers"

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Really? They think just installing a bunch of chargers will attract EVs? I think they are going to be quite disappointed.

Spec9 – no of course we don’t think it’s as easy as installing chargers and expecting people to buy. That’s why we’re working with the local authorities, university, local businesses, tourist indistry, EV industry as a whole and individuals through community groups. Rome wasn’t built in a day, Hadrian’s Wall took 15 years to build but one little firm in Cumbria linked Hadrian’s Wall with EV charging points in just over a month.

They told us we couldn’t do that either 🙂

However, we do have a reputation of breaking down barriers between the public and private sector and we’re already starting to see results. It’s a long haul but we’ve done it before with other things. I’m sure you’ll wish us luck on our journey 🙂

Yeah silly. Like Ford building a bunch of gas stations in the early 1900’s, to get people to buy their cars, and we know what a failure that was.

Good news for me as I plan on going there with my EV in the future!

Let me know if you need any help finding somewhere to stay with a charging point. I’d be happy to help 🙂

Thanks for the generous offer. I’ll be coming a long way as I’m from Belgium. I hope to make a trip to the UK again in 2015 with my Zoe I just bought last Saturday.
Feel free to contact me at suryadnb@gmail.com

A fabulous initiative.

From our research we always hear the same reason why people haven’t yet invested in EV technology: The absence of EV charging points. By removing this obstacle I expect to see a pretty sharp increase in their use over the next few years.

Great news for Cumbria.

Knowing this information would also mean I would be more likely to consider visiting the area in my Renault Zoe.

Suzanne, draw a lesson from how many public L2 chargers Tesla has installed and how many superchargers they have put up.
If you want people to buy it’s all about the fast charge. The more the merrier.
Unfortunately the available selection is abysmal.
If you want to be really smart the find a few good men and have them make a really cost optimized set of fast chargers yourselves. Or maybe work with EMW, they are doing their own fast charger product although they might lack a bit of finesse.

You might even try Tesla’s approach of making it free to use. That should move some minds 🙂

Did you really say men – Dan 😉

Point absolutely taken about chargers’ unreliability but we’re a tiny business trying to make a bit of a difference to where we live so I guess that it’s probably a bit beyond us to find a few good men or women to do as you suggest.

We have carefully planned a mix of rapid and fast chargers trying to learn from the experience of others and eagerly await some new more robust technology.

Whatever we do it’s got to be better than sitting back and doing nothing.

Increasing the knowledge and the infrastructure is key. I would suggest that companies like this creating innovative ways to get issues like this in the media should be applauded.

The infrastructure is probably the key issue that has put many off getting an electric vehicle, if the charging points were at your home, your work, supermarket, cinema etc, added to the technology improving rapidly, rising fuel costs etc then it won’t be long before this market will balloon.

Keep up the good work.