New partnership looks to power up council’s green ambitions
Yorkshire-based sustainability consultancy, EV3 Power has teamed up with electric vehicle charging specialist Connected Kerb to deliver the first projects in their “Pace and Power” project and install new state-of-the-art electric vehicle chargers as part of a major green initiative by Ryedale District Council that will see units installed in five long stay car parks.
The contract will also see workplace charing facilities installed at Ryedale House, Streetscene Depot and North Yorkshire Building Control Partnership in Easingwold as part of the council’s move towards a greener fleet.
Phillip Spurr, programme director for economic development, business and partnerships, at Ryedale council said: “This work is part of Ryedale District Council’s climate change commitment, to encourage a transition to greener transport and improve local air quality.
“Grant funding from the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and the Energy Saving Trust, in partnership with the district council, has enabled us to expand the charging provision across the district. This will make life easier for citizens with electric vehicles, as well as attracting visitors who drive eco-friendly cars.”
The chargers provided by Connected Kerb are amongst the most technically advanced in the world, facilitating quick charging, as well as being 5G and Wi-Fi enabled, allowing anyone within the vicinity to access fast, secure internet. They are also the only EV charger on the market to integrate air quality sensors, enabling the monitoring of local air pollution levels.
Kevin Hollinrake, MP for Thirsk and Malton, said: “I am very supportive of the move towards greater use of electric vehicles to help the environment. I have an electric car myself and this is a welcome development for Ryedale.”
“There are many levels of complexity in advising councils and other public and private institutions on what the right solution is for them,” added EV3 Power managing director, Pete Bevils.
“We start by understanding their requirements before suggesting the right solution from our menu of sustainability options to fit their ambitions and budget.
“Connected Kerb’s solution is very suitable for local authorities, especially taking into account the future-proofing of electric vehicle charging. We are very proud of the works we have carried out for Connected Kerb and Ryedale Council.”
Martin Offiah from Connected Kerb said: “It’s a great honour to be part of the team delivering these charging points that will help the people of Ryedale make the switch to EVs. Working alongside Eorl and the EV3 team has been fantastic and I’m looking forward to helping other towns across the country move away from polluting vehicles and towards a greener future.”
EV3 is one of the sponsors for the upcoming Yorkshire sustainability conference In The Circle, a free virtual event taking place on 19 May that will bring together business leaders and policymakers to analyse the issues and educate and inspire attendees to bring change their businesses.