Charging hub set for Carlisle

A multi-million-pound electric charging hub for up to 100 vehicles is being planned for Cumbria.

According to the BBC, the site at Harker, near Carlisle, will be powered by a £25m battery complex that will be under construction soon.

The battery facility is due to be completed by October 2019, with a planning application for the charging hub expected shortly after.

The Carlisle site is the second hub announced by privately-owned Pivot Power, which plans to build a £1.6bn network of 45 large scale battery and charging sites across the UK over the next five years.

Carlisle council has already approved the 50 megawatt (MW) battery, which will be one of the UK’s biggest, storing enough electricity to supply nearly 6,000 homes for a day from a single charge.

Pivot Power chief technical officer Michael Clarke, said, ‘We could not be more thrilled to announce plans for the site at Harker on the doorstep of the Lake District UNESCO World Heritage site. Working with the local authorities, our plans will see Carlisle become a pioneering city for low carbon vehicle adoption, ensuring that the rural areas it serves are not left lagging in the electric vehicle revolution.’

The government is understood to be considering banning sales of new petrol and diesel cars as early as 2032.