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UK: Electric car charging points to be installed along Hadrian’s Wall route

A green energy company is planning a network of electric-car charging points along Hadrian’s Wall.
Electric car charging point photo
Charging points are rare at the moment

Solway Renewables hopes the initiative will be the first step towards a county-wide network, which should increase the take up of electric cars in Cumbria.

The Bowness-on-Solway firm is using government funding to install charging points, known as PodPoints, free of charge in domestic property including B&Bs and homes used to run a business.

It hopes to offer them to tourist attractions later in the year, albeit for a fee.

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 of Solway’s PodPoints has been installed at Wallsend B&B at Bowness-on-Solway. Proprietor Lyn Lewis said: “We’re really excited about this addition to our services.

“We have been asked before if our guests could charge their cars and until now it’s been too expensive.”

Electric cars are typically 80 per cent more expensive than their diesel or petrol-powered equivalents, although a government grant of up to £5,000 will meet part of the cost.

But they are cheaper to run. It costs £3 to £5 to travel 130 miles and the cars are exempt from vehicle excise duty.

Solway’s PodPoints will recharge a car in six-to-eight hours. A rapid charger, that takes only three hours, is available for £75.


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