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20 June 2022

Partnership aiming to turbo-charge Cumbria’s Electric Vehicle charge point availability

Public and private sector representatives from across Cumbria have come together to form a partnership which aims to significantly expand Cumbria’s Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

If the UK is to reach its net zero target, we need to radically reduce our use of fossil fuels. In 2020, the Government announced plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030. As a result, the number of electric vehicles on our roads is predicted to rise to more than 35 million in the next 30 years.

As more and more people transition towards a greater use of electric vehicles, it’s absolutely essential that Cumbria has a robust network of charging points which provide a low carbon transport solution.

Supported by EV charging infrastructure specialists, the partnership formed in Autumn 2020 and has since been mapping potential locations for the installation of EV charge points across the county. Hard to reach places are a particular focus, along with locations near households with little or no access to off-street parking.

The work completed by the partnership will be used to support ambitious bids to the UK Government’s On street Residential ChargePoint Scheme (ORCS) and the new Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) pilot, to fund the roll out of public EV charging infrastructure across Cumbria.

The private sector also has an important role to play in the provision of EV charging infrastructure and the partnership is keen to support businesses across the county, of any shape and size, who are planning to install their own EV charge points.

Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Celia Tibble said: “Partnerships like this are essential to provide integrated transport solutions for our county and will help Cumbria to achieve its net zero ambitions whilst also stimulating economic growth in the region.

“The county council has significantly invested in charging infrastructure across the county as part of the first phase of a programme to expand the EV charge point network throughout Cumbria. The work of the partnership will make a real difference both in Cumbria and nationally; helping to reduce carbon emissions as well as open up the county to more electric vehicle drivers.”

Mike Taylor, Electricity North West’s Head of Customer Engagement, said: “As part of the UK’s bid to hit net zero by 2050, the sale of new petrol and diesel cars is set to be banned by 2030 and for new plug-in hybrids by 2035.

“Given that, we’re expecting to see 1.2 million electric cars and vans on the North West roads by the end of the decade which will mean a revolution as to how we travel.

“As the power network operator for Cumbria, it’s our job to make sure that everyone living and working in the county can continue to depend on the network, just as they do now, even with all the changes. And, not only that, we also want to ensure that the millions of tourists that visit Cumbria each year have the confidence that they’ll be able to charge their car or vehicle.

“We’ve huge investments planned and as part of our next business plan, we’ve proposed to spend £1.8bn which will create vital new capacity across our region and help facilitate the transition towards a net zero future.”

A wealth of information, advice and signposting for anyone interested in finding out more, including locations of current EV charge points and how to install your own charge point at home or at a place of work are available on the county council’s website: www.cumbria.gov.uk/roads-transport/electricvehicles.asp


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Public and private sector representatives from across Cumbria have come together to form a partnership which aims to significantly expand Cumbria’s Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.