What is our track record?

Charge my Street is a community benefit society that installs and operates community chargepoints, raising money through community shares. Charge my Street has already successfully demonstrated that community investment can provide chargepoints and stimulate demand for EVs in areas without off-street parking by installing chargepoints at two locations in Lancaster, and in two Cumbrian villages. 

What are we doing now?

We are now applying this experience to an exciting new programme, scaling up this proven model to other local authority areas across northern England, in collaboration with a bigger consortium of partners. Backed by government funding from Innovate UK, our ambitious and exciting programme will see the installation of 200 22kW fast chargers across northern England up to Easter 2021. The innovation lies in our business model - a demand-led approach giving local people the tools and support to identify and finance their own chargepoints, at locations with the greatest identified need and benefit. It also builds on earlier projects by identifying opportunities to integrate other technologies, including solar panels and battery storage, at sites such as community centres. This allows electric vehicles to be charged using the highest possible proportion of clean green energy generation, eliminating harmful emissions not only from driving the vehicle but also from the power source itself.

Why is this so important?

Our programme directly addresses electric vehicle charging infrastructure challenges, which currently act as barriers to residents considering purchasing new or secondhand electric vehicles. Firstly, many companies currently are preferring to install their chargepoints only in dense urban areas with the highest rates of commercial return, for instance supermarkets and existing petrol stations. This leaves significant gaps in the overall network, particularly across rural areas which are often perceived to be less commercially attractive. Secondly, given that it is illegal to run loose power cables across pavements and roads, inevitably residents without driveways (particularly terraced housing or flats) in both rural and urban areas are excluded from installing their own domestic chargepoints. Overcoming these challenges by expanding the local chargepoint network will help to build public confidence in switching to electric vehicle technology.


The Board of Directors:

The Board of Directors are volunteers with a rich mix of skills and experience.

Paul Fisher has over 20 years of experience in Senior Project Management and Controls roles in the defence industry in the North West of England. Paul is also a board member and presenter on community radio station, Beyond Radio in Lancaster and Morecambe. He has always been interested in green technology and particularly electric cars, but living in a terraced house with no off-street parking in the centre of Lancaster originally limited his aspiration. Since the original share offer, Paul has now purchased a hybrid plug-in electric vehicle (Hyundai Ioniq) and is a regular user of the Charge My Street facility at the Lancaster Boys and Girls Club on Dallas Road. Paul’s ambition is to own a fully electric vehicle in the next couple of years given the increasing range available in the market place.

 

Alex Hulley (Secretary) is a committed EV enthusiast with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the Nissan Leaf! He is interested in the development of the EV sector and formerly worked as a project manager for EDF. He is based in Morecambe and now works for an energy consultancy at Lancaster University. 

Nicola Mortimer is a consultant who has worked extensively across the renewable energy sector. Her experience covers wind energy, particularly around mapping and identifying sites, then supporting the design of technical solutions. In her other role as part of Milliamp at White Cross, she has managed Innovate UK projects which have successfully looked at battery storage and EV chargepoints.

Peter Mather (H&S Lead) has a passion for VWs and EVs so it was no surprise he was an early adopter of the Electric Golf. Pete lives in Dolphinholme and is a project manager with a multinational engineering company.

Will Maden (Chief Technology Officer) has over 15 years’ experience operating as a consultant specialising in logistics & transport. He is currently Director of Analytics for Miralis Data, a specialist algorithm and machine learning data agency. Will developed the first commercial algorithms in the UK to schedule and route electric commercial vehicles. More recently, he has been working with a multinational company developing a “smart charge” algorithm which allows electric vehicles to schedule more efficiently and to have the least impact on the national grid. His professional interest in electric vehicles has carried over to his personal life where he now drives an electric car.

Daniel Heery (Company Secretary) has 20 years’ experience of funding and delivering projects focused on communities. He set up the award winning Cybermoor social enterprise in Cumbria and has worked on community-owned infrastructure projects, focused on broadband. His experience of trying to get a chargepoint installed on his street in Lancaster gave him the idea to use community shares to bring local people together for a co-operative solution. He is passionate about using community assets to find solutions to environmental problems. 

Key people:

Key people involved in the Innovate UK funded Scaling On-Street Charging Infrastructure (SOSCI) project, from Charge My Street and our partner organisations are:

Adrian Powell is managing the SOSCI project for Charge My Street. His role involves finding sites, managing the delivery partners and setting up site owner contracts. He has a background in delivering projects on autonomous vehicles and has been a volunteer on village hall committees and a local foodbank.  

Axel Fensom is developing the website platform to manage the site identification, demand stimulation & aggregation and community shares. He recently graduated from university with a First Class Honours in Physics. 

Daniel Heery is supervising the Charge My Street team. He is a Director of both Cybermoor and Charge My Street.

Kevin Wood (Cybermoor) – is managing the Innovate UK funding on the SOSCI project and has 40 years’ experience of managing complex projects. 

For more on the project partners please visit the SOSCI website.


Annual General Meeting 2019

Charge My Street accounts can be downloaded here.

The AGM report can be downloaded here.


Rules

The rules for the Society can be downloaded here.