Last year we released our Rural Vision, outlining what communities across the UK will need to recover from the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. We highlighted the opportunities to build the resilience of rural communities and go beyond ‘recovery’ towards a broader ‘rural renaissance’. One of the five tenets of the rural vision is ‘harnessing positive environmental impact through community business’ and we believe that community businesses can act as the perfect hub to introduce green initiatives such as electric vehicle chargepoints into a community.
Charge My Street is a Community Benefit Society that installs and operates community chargepoints. Their vision is simple: for every home to be within a 5 minute walk of a chargepoint, giving people without off-street parking the opportunity to have an electric vehicle. They have been successful so far in their mission, and are now working with Government funding and raising money through community shares to install 200 new chargepoints across the UK.
About 40% of homes nationwide don’t have access to a driveway and with community businesses often being central to their local area they are the perfect location to install a chargepoint. The chargepoints can be utilised overnight when the parking spaces would ordinarily be empty and day-time charging may help attract new customers. Such a community asset may even inspire the whole local population to go electric! As well as being an important response to the global climate emergency, it would offer more local benefits such as improved air pollution too.