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26 April 2016

Electric vehicle charging points go live in Cumbria

Nine sites have been commissioned and are available for use by residents, visitors and businesses.


They are located in Carlisle, Kendal, Workington, Whitehaven, Keswick, Ulverston, Kirkby Stephen, Kirkby Lonsdale and Ambleside.


The project was made possible after Cumbria County Council secured funding of £438,000 to create a countywide electric vehicle infrastructure. The Government’s Office of Low Emission Vehicles has supplied 75% of the funding through its Local Authority Rapid and Public Sector Estate Chargepoint schemes and 25% match funding has been secured from a private investor.


APT Controls Group have supplied and installed the charging points and secured the private investment. The charging service will be provided by ChargePoint Genie. South Lakeland District, Copeland Borough and Allerdale Borough Councils and the county council have provided sites for charge points within car parks and parking areas.


Councillor Janet Willis, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member responsible for Environment, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that charging points for electric vehicles are up and running in the county, providing a low carbon transport solution. I’d like to thank our district council partners who played a key role in providing locations within their car parks for the chargers, ensuring they’re easily accessible to the public. This has been a complex project and it’s taken a while to get everything in place but it’s been well worth the wait.


“Up until now there have been limited charging facilities in Cumbria. I’m sure this project will help open up the county to more electric vehicle drivers and make a real difference, both in Cumbria and nationally.”


Justin Meyer, General Manager of Evolt, a division of APT Controls Group, said the new chargers will impact positively the lives of EV and Hybrid drivers in and around Cumbria: “The new network will drive forward EV activity in the region, with the infrastructure actively supporting the ambitions of an ever-increasing industry.”

Follow links below for images of Cllr Janet Willis and John Osorio, APT Controls business development manager, at one of the charging point sites.



Charging points for electric vehicles are at the following locations:

Carlisle - Lowther Street (opposite Rural Payments Agency)

Kendal - Car park at County Offices, Busher Walk

Workington - Car park at Allerdale House, Griffin Street

Whitehaven - Car park Senhouse Street

Keswick - Central Car Park, Heads Road

Ulverston - Brewery Street car park

Kirkby Stephen - Christian Head car park

Kirkby Lonsdale - New Road car park

Ambleside - Low Fold car park, Lake Road


All nine sites have a Rapid Charger, which can efficiently charge most electric vehicles within 30 minutes. In addition, a Fast Charger, suitable for longer top-ups, is available at sites in Carlisle, Kendal, Workington and Keswick.


Regular users are recommended to register on the ChargePoint Genie website. There is a one-off fee of £20 for registration and registered users will receive an RFID card to access electric vehicle chargers. ChargePoint Genie has set the tariff for registered users at £0.30 per KWH. There is no separate connection charge. The electric vehicle charging points can also be used on a Pay As You Go basis by mobile phone app.


For more information, visit www.cumbria.gov.uk/roads-transport/highways-pavements/highways

Cumbria County Council is backing the drive towards green transport by launching a series of charging points for electric vehicles in the county.