Saving our Community Elec Vehicle Charging Network

by Cyrene Powell @ Gwent Energy CIC in Itton, Wales, United Kingdom

Saving our Community Elec Vehicle Charging Network
We did it
On 4th September 2020 we successfully raised £360 with 4 supporters in 14 days

We are seeking donations from kind supporters, to help fund this upgrade and keep electric vehicle charging in the hands of our community.

by Cyrene Powell @ Gwent Energy CIC in Itton, Wales, United Kingdom

Our car charging network was one of the first to use a contactless payment system in the UK, and was adapted from launderette equipment.
This gave customers 22kWh for 3 hours, for a fixed price of £5 and was quick, simple and very reliable. A big step forward from other car charging networks.

The issue

However, new UK Government regulations are coming into force to ensure all car charging networks are supplied consistently across the UK. Some of these new requirements are:

  • Set car charging cost by kWh rather than by time
  • Provide real time car charging information, e.g power and cost

Unfortunately, our current system cannot be modified to meet these new regulations as the original creator, Andrew, has sadly passed away. We have no choice but to purchase a new system, and there is a very small number of complying and suitable equipment available.

The solution

Fortunately, we have found a few compatible systems for a reasonable price, and will come complete with a phone app for public use. These units will also be compatible with our Charge Card system, allowing us to continue providing benefits for our community car charging network supporters.

Retrofitting existing sites will cost £2,000 per site equaling £8,000 total.

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Can you help us?

After COVID19 lockdown, our funds have been tight and future community solar installation work is uncertain. We are seeking donations from our kind supporters, to help fund this upgrade and keep electric vehicle charging in the hands of our local community.

Please visit https://gwentenergycic.org/newsandevents/ to see our latest community projects, including a brand new defibrillator for Chepstow Community Hub. 


Thank you for your kind support!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£30 or more

£30 Thank you reward

Five free charging sessions at any Gwent Energy CIC owned community charge point, and one of our infamous yellow cotton tote bags that say, "DON'T BE A FOSSIL FOOL!"

£10 or more

£10 Reward

One of our infamous yellow cotton tote bags that say, "DON'T BE A FOSSIL FOOL!"

£150 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£150 Thank you reward

Twenty-five free charging sessions at any Gwent Energy CIC owned community charge point, and two of our infamous yellow cotton tote bags that say, "DON'T BE A FOSSIL FOOL!"

£500 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£500 Thank you reward

Ninety free charging sessions at any Gwent Energy CIC owned community charge point, and two of our infamous yellow cotton tote bags that say, "DON'T BE A FOSSIL FOOL!"

£2,500 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£2500 Thank you reward

Wow, you will have funded most of this community project and we'd like to offer you free charging for three years at any Gwent Energy CIC owned community charge point. You'll also get two of our infamous yellow cotton tote bags that say, "DON'T BE A FOSSIL FOOL!" and a special mention on our website (unless you don't want to be named!).

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