Electric cars in Cumbria get a £500,000 boost

The Westmorland Gazette: BOOST: Electric car charging points to fill 'black hole' BOOST: Electric car charging points to fill 'black hole'

ELECTRIC car supporters are charged up after the county won half a million pounds to plug a ‘black hole’ in Cumbria.

The money will be used to install new public charging points although none are planned to go in at the Lake District honeypots.

Cumbria will receive nine ‘rapid chargers’, which can power up an electric car within 30 minutes, and 14 fast-chargers that do so in four hours.

Kendal will get its own rapid charger – and two more are planned by SLDC for the Westmorland Shopping Centre multi-storey car park.

Carlisle will get two rapid chargers and others will go in at Penrith, Barrow, Whitehaven and Workington.

Fast chargers will also be installed at each end of the A66 linking Cockermouth to Keswick, and locally one in Kendal and one in Barrow.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced that £9million was awarded nationwide.

Cumbria County Council will receive £562,500 and Northern Rail has also been allocated £322,500 for charging points in station car parks.

It is part of a broader Government campaign to promote electric and hybrid cars.

Solway Renewables Ltd has been an electric car charging champion in Cumbria and has installed charge points at dozens of businesses.

Director Suzanne Burgess was one of the key voices of the campaign and said she was ‘thrilled’.

“The impact of the announcement is already being felt with new applications for charging points being made over the weekend and one of our customers has already decided which Nissan Leaf he wants,” said Mrs Burgess.

In a separate scheme, the company won funding to help towards the costs for businesses to have charge points installed.

Related links

“I’d urge local people to get their applications in soon as there are already shortages of the free home charging units,” she said.

Claire Maclaine, of the GoLakes Travel Programme, said: “There is a growing network of electric car charging points across the county and it’s great to see this new investment coming to Cumbria.

”The GoLakes Travel Programme has been encouraging low carbon car use and introduced ‘pay as you drive’ electric and low-carbon cars at Oxenholme Railway Station, Coniston Boating Centre and Staveley Mill Yard.

Westmorland MP Tim Farron said the sum was won through Cumbria County Council, the district councils and its MPs working together.

He said private sector cash would draw down a further 25 per cent to take the total sum to over £750,000.

“This is yet another sign that our lobbying for infrastructure is working,” said Mr Farron.

“This will also boost our tourism sector too.”

Comments (9)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

5:13pm Thu 6 Feb 14

shirtbox2003 says...

If I read this correctly are we looking at around 35 chargers at a cost of £500,000. WOW. £14000 each.can I tender for this job?
If I read this correctly are we looking at around 35 chargers at a cost of £500,000. WOW. £14000 each.can I tender for this job? shirtbox2003
  • Score: 1

9:33pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Gizmosmum says...

Anyone with the appropriate qualifications and insurance will be able to tender for the job. It must go to EU tendering. Lets hope someone local gets the work. New technology is always more expensive when there aren't big numbers. The more that are installed the better the price will be - look at the price of LED tv's today compared to 3 years ago.
Anyone with the appropriate qualifications and insurance will be able to tender for the job. It must go to EU tendering. Lets hope someone local gets the work. New technology is always more expensive when there aren't big numbers. The more that are installed the better the price will be - look at the price of LED tv's today compared to 3 years ago. Gizmosmum
  • Score: 2

4:25pm Sat 8 Feb 14

shirtbox2003 says...

electric cars will never take off due to limited range.all a waste of money.if they did take off the government would lose a fortune in lost tax and vat.
electric cars will never take off due to limited range.all a waste of money.if they did take off the government would lose a fortune in lost tax and vat. shirtbox2003
  • Score: 6

9:23am Sun 9 Feb 14

hogheaven says...

shirtbox2003 wrote:
electric cars will never take off due to limited range.all a waste of money.if they did take off the government would lose a fortune in lost tax and vat.
Probably right Shirtbox, range and charging time the problem,they do have uses ,remember the old electric milk floats .quiet and efficient .Also trolley buses in the 1950's ,non polluting and able to pick up speed to get into traffic flow quickly.I suppose with time batteries will be developed with bigger storage capacity,extending their range.Modern stop start petrol engines are now very efficient and less costly to produce. I was recently in San Diego CA and you can rent an electric Smart car from roadside bays in the city center,pay by credit card ,use it then leave it at your destination, plug the charger in ready for next customer. Taxi seems an obvious alternative, yes electric cars maybe not the way to go.
[quote][p][bold]shirtbox2003[/bold] wrote: electric cars will never take off due to limited range.all a waste of money.if they did take off the government would lose a fortune in lost tax and vat.[/p][/quote]Probably right Shirtbox, range and charging time the problem,they do have uses ,remember the old electric milk floats .quiet and efficient .Also trolley buses in the 1950's ,non polluting and able to pick up speed to get into traffic flow quickly.I suppose with time batteries will be developed with bigger storage capacity,extending their range.Modern stop start petrol engines are now very efficient and less costly to produce. I was recently in San Diego CA and you can rent an electric Smart car from roadside bays in the city center,pay by credit card ,use it then leave it at your destination, plug the charger in ready for next customer. Taxi seems an obvious alternative, yes electric cars maybe not the way to go. hogheaven
  • Score: 3

12:58pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Spotty Fish says...

£500,000? For how many cars? The sentiment is great. The reality is madness! That money could be used in so many better ways.
£500,000? For how many cars? The sentiment is great. The reality is madness! That money could be used in so many better ways. Spotty Fish
  • Score: 2

6:18am Tue 11 Feb 14

Grumpyoldbiker says...

Just think how far half a million would go to providing a real sustainable transport network for our rural communities. With cuts to bus services imminent, leaving old people unable to get to hospital appointments, school children unable to get to school and working people unable to get to work this is not a good idea. The money should be spent on a not for profit bus network. These buses could be dual fuelled so they could be environmentally friendly as well. You could also put some bales of hay and bags of carrots next to these charging points and in town centres convert a car park into a stable. They would probably get more use.
Just think how far half a million would go to providing a real sustainable transport network for our rural communities. With cuts to bus services imminent, leaving old people unable to get to hospital appointments, school children unable to get to school and working people unable to get to work this is not a good idea. The money should be spent on a not for profit bus network. These buses could be dual fuelled so they could be environmentally friendly as well. You could also put some bales of hay and bags of carrots next to these charging points and in town centres convert a car park into a stable. They would probably get more use. Grumpyoldbiker
  • Score: 3

9:44am Tue 11 Feb 14

jazzactivist says...

While I can see the advantage in trying to encourage a move to more environmentally kind modes of transport, this seems like a lot of money to spend on a small elite of people who can afford electric cars. They are currently very expensive - about 3 times the price of a small petrol hatchback. £500,000 would be better spent on improving public transport, and it could mean introducing electric shuttle buses between the main towns and villages.
While I can see the advantage in trying to encourage a move to more environmentally kind modes of transport, this seems like a lot of money to spend on a small elite of people who can afford electric cars. They are currently very expensive - about 3 times the price of a small petrol hatchback. £500,000 would be better spent on improving public transport, and it could mean introducing electric shuttle buses between the main towns and villages. jazzactivist
  • Score: 0

9:53am Tue 11 Feb 14

Featherstonehough says...

The majority of electricity is generated by carbon fuel. Electric cars are expensive. The whole life carbon cost is significant. It's greenwash at its most obvious.

The money would have been better spent on cycling infrastructure or community / public transport.
The majority of electricity is generated by carbon fuel. Electric cars are expensive. The whole life carbon cost is significant. It's greenwash at its most obvious. The money would have been better spent on cycling infrastructure or community / public transport. Featherstonehough
  • Score: 2

3:32pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Spotty Fish says...

Apparently just over 4100 fully electric cars were registered in the UK between 1994 and 2012. Mostly in The Midlands so it's very doubtful if they could even get here to use the new charging points!
Apparently just over 4100 fully electric cars were registered in the UK between 1994 and 2012. Mostly in The Midlands so it's very doubtful if they could even get here to use the new charging points! Spotty Fish
  • Score: 1

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree