HPC was successful in its application for £4,770 in ORCS funding in February 2020, with assistance from Energy Saving Trust. In March 2020, HPC successfully installed two 7kW, 32amp fast chargepoints. The chargepoints have been popular with local residents and visitors, and a number of other parish councils have been in contact with HPC to learn more about the council’s experience of installing EV chargepoints.
HPC saw a 300% increase in kWh usage in April and May 2021 over the previous six months. The council hopes that the chargepoints will encourage residents without access to off-street charging to switch to electric vehicles. It also hopes to encourage visitors to support the rural economy by using local businesses while their EV is charging.
By March 2021, the number of plug-in hybrid or fully electric vehicles in the village had increased to 10 vehicles.