Fylde coast businesses sought for free electric vehicle charging scheme

Fylde coast businesses and community groups are being encouraged to benefit from the growth in electric vehicle charging points being installed throughout the region.

Sunday, 16th May 2021, 7:00 am

Charge My Street a Lancaster based community benefit society, is offering to install free electric vehicle charge points throughout the county. Working with a range of local and national partners, it is aiming to identify 100 charging sites in a programme funded by Innovate UK.

Electric vehicle charging points allow businesses such as cafes, pubs, shops and hotels an added appeal for visitors driving electric cars.

Daniel Heery, from Charge My Street, said: “This is an opportunity for businesses to get ahead of the competition and install a charging site early, with an advantage over other sites when EV drivers are planning their lunch stops or booking their holiday accommodation.

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Having charging points could encourage customers says Charge My Street
Having charging points could encourage customers says Charge My Street

"When drivers are charging their car, they are far more likely to spend an hour in a café or shop while they wait, and businesses can use this opportunity to attract more customers to spend money.

“Electric vehicles are becoming more and more popular, meaning that thousands of people every minute are planning where to charge their vehicle.”

Sales of electric vehicles doubled in 2020 and over 175,000 battery powered cars are currently licensed in the UK. Ownership of electric vehicles is expected to soar over the next 10 years, with the government banning the sales of petrol and diesel cars from 2030.

Installation of the charging points is funded through community share offers run by Charge My Street, meaning no installation fee and no ongoing costs for businesses.

To be considered to host an electric vehicle charging site, applicants must own the land they want to use, have adjoining spaces for at least two cars to park and charge, have good mobile data coverage or broadband signal and be accessible to the public overnight.

Installation is carried out by Bay Camera and Communications and the chargepoint is owned by Charge My Street.

The host business is not charged for any electricity consumed; this will be dealt with by invoicing Charge My Street, who will bear this cost and take responsibility for the maintenance of the chargepoint.

For more details on the scheme, and to apply to host a free chargepoint, business owners can visit www.chargemystreet.co.uk/host

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