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Hadrian Wall to charge up in Cumbria | TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk

Hadrian’s Wall is about to get electrified, as one energy company plans to install electric car charging points along the famous landmark.

Solway Renewables, based in Cumbria, plans to use Government funding to install PodPoint charging stations at homes and businesses along the route of the Wall.

Speaking to the North West Evening Mail, director Suzanne Burgess said: “I’m absolutely fed up with Cumbria being left behind because we’re rural, as if that’s a valid excuse.

“As usual we’re in a chicken-and-egg situation where people won’t buy electric cars because they worry about the range and no-one will install electric charging points because there is no demand.”

The first business to benefit will be Wallsend B&B at Bowness-on Solway, in Cumbria, right near the western end of the Wall.

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Hadrian Wall to charge up in Cumbria

Hadrian’s Wall is about to get electrified, as one energy company plans to install electric car charging points along the famous landmark.

Solway Renewables, based in Cumbria, plans to use Government funding to install PodPoint charging stations at homes and businesses along the route of the Wall.

Speaking to the North West Evening Mail, director Suzanne Burgess said: “I’m absolutely fed up with Cumbria being left behind because we’re rural, as if that’s a valid excuse.

“As usual we’re in a chicken-and-egg situation where people won’t buy electric cars because they worry about the range and no-one will install electric charging points because there is no demand.”

The first business to benefit will be Wallsend B&B at Bowness-on Solway, in Cumbria, right near the western end of the Wall.

While Hadrian’s Wall meanders through both Cumbria and Northumberland, Cumbria, unlike its neighbouring county has very few charging points to accommodate electric car driving tourists. Because the North East is one of the Government’s Plugged-in Places, the area already has more than 300 public charge points. Meanwhile electric car users in Cumbria are reliant on a handful of charging points mostly located at businesses or local car dealerships.

PodPoint charging stations are one of fifteen charging manufacturers now approved for eligibility for Government grants for on-street and domestic charging points. The grants cover 75 per cent of the cost of home charging facilities, capped at £1,000.

Any homeowner with a drive, garage or on-street parking can apply for a subsidised charging point. The new 3.6kW charging stations in Cumbria will recharge an electric car in six to eight hours.

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