Yorkshire-based sustainability consultants, EV3 Power have teamed up with electric vehicle charging specialist Connected Kerb to install new state-of-the-art electric vehicle chargers as part of a major green initiative by Ryedale District Council.

Ryedale District Council has commissioned the units across the district, with two going in each of the following long stay car parks:

• Cleveland Way, Helmsley
• Town Farm, Kirkbymoorside
• Vivis Lane, Pickering
• Eastgate, Pickering
• Wentworth Street, Malton

Workplace charging facilities will also be 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, 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 ‘Gecko’ chargers provided by Connected Kerb are amongst the most technically advanced in the world. As well as facilitating quick charging, they are 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.”

This Ryedale project is the first in a new ‘Pace and Power’ partnership between Connected Kerb, the technology providers and EV3 Power, who advise on the infrastructure and installation.

‘Pace and Power’ is not only a reference to the combined capability of the two businesses, but also their working ambassadors, Rugby League legends: renowned speedster Martin Offiah with Connected Kerb, and 6ft 6in former GB powerhouse, Eorl Crabtree at EV3 Power.

Eorl Crabtree said: “We are delighted to announce our partnership with Connected Kerb on such a successful project and we look forward to many more in the future. It was great to hook up with Martin and I look forward to working with him again soon.”

“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.”