A green energy champion has urged North East firms to help fast-track the creation of a comprehensive electric vehicle (EV) chargepoint network as the region transitions to a net zero future.

MyGreenPower, which supplies and installs EV chargepoints at homes and businesses across the region, has highlighted an urgent need to address the “wholly inadequate” current local EV infrastructure – and wants more businesses to get involved and tackle the problem.

MyGreenPower, which supplies and installs EV chargepoints at homes and businesses across the region, has highlighted an urgent need to address the “wholly inadequate” current local EV infrastructure – and wants more businesses to get involved and tackle the problem.

Earlier this year, the North East Joint Transport Committee approved a new region-wide Zero Emission Vehicle Policy, which stated that the number of EV chargers in the region would need to increase from just 800 to as many as 28,000 in the coming years to meet demand. The policy reflects national government ambitions that the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles will be banned in the UK from 2030, with hybrid vehicles following in 2035.

MyGreenPower said North East EV businesses were now rolling out easy-to-use EV technology across the region, but wants to see more firms install chargepoints at their premises to encourage increased take-up of EVs among the North East workforce.

Darrin Adamson, supply specialist at MyGreenPower, said: “Climate change is near the top of the social and political agendas, and collectively we need to do more to reduce emissions and improve our carbon footprint. Transport is a primary source of greenhouse gas emissions so the introduction of the North East Zero Emission Vehicle Policy will hopefully incentivise more businesses and individuals to make the switch to EVs, which offer genuine 80% savings against petrol and diesel costs.”

“To achieve this, however, the EV infrastructure needs to be much more efficient and extensive. It would be fantastic if business groups across the region could encourage their members to install this infrastructure and EV technology at their premises. Employers have a key role to play in reducing climate change and if they could actively promote the benefits of EVs to their staff, that would be a giant step in the right direction.

“Without a major collective effort, the UK government’s ambitious targets on EV adoption will not be met.”

MyGreenPower has already installed EV chargepoints at several workplaces across the region, including Durham County Cricket Club, the Sunderland-based Business Innovation Centre and Lower Steenberg’s Yard, home to the famous Toffee Factory in Newcastle.

A collaboration between two established North East companies – Power Wholesale and John N Dunn Group – MyGreenPower sells electrical, plumbing and heating goods and services to homes and businesses. In recent years, the company has branched into new areas of trade, including smartphones and domestic and commercial EV charge points. The company’s aim is to make the transition between petrol/ diesel and EVs as easy and simple as possible.