DDR Electrical, based at the Colburn Business Park, Catterick, North Yorkshire, are already dispelling the myth that the demand for electric vehicle charging points (EVCP’s) is purely in towns and cities.
Managing Director, Steve Geater, and the team are qualified for the design and installation of EVCP’s, accredited installers with OLEV and registered for both the Workplace Charging and Home Charging Schemes.
Although not based in a city, their location provides easy access to the A1, enabling them to support an increasing demand in towns and rural areas across Yorkshire and County Durham, travelling east to Scarborough and west to Kendal in Cumbria.
A lot of their work takes them into York, Harrogate and Leeds and they are now seeing the demand increasing within the Yorkshire Dales area. Rural hotels and holiday cottages, especially those of higher quality and/or who have a sustainable strategy, are taking the opportunity to become ‘EV’ ready for both their own business and to enable more of their guests to explore the beautiful countryside.
For example, ‘Cottage in the Dales’, luxury award-winning holiday cottages in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, were introduced by DDR Electrical to the Government schemes and recommended the most appropriate EVCP, enabling them to widen their reach to potential guests as part of their Green Tourism accreditation. They subsequently bought a hybrid Mini Countryman as their local run-around car to service their cottages, which is also a 4x4 – a winter necessity in the Dales.
‘With no knowledge and a myriad of EVCP to choose from, we really appreciated Steve’s product and finance guidance, enabling an easy decision. With each cottage being Grade II listed, the installation sites had to be subtle and practical for use by ourselves and our guests,’ commented Diane Howarth, Director of ‘Cottage in the Dales’. ‘A regular maintenance journey now costs us 75p instead of £5 and new guests are able to find us via the ‘ZapMap’ app to book a holiday! A great measurable return on investment already.’
DDR have chosen to install the EO, Rolec, Growatt and Zappi charging units. DDR have also recently added a 100% electric Nissan van to their own fleet to ‘practise what they preach’, installing your electric charging points from their 100% electric van, thereby dispelling any concerns that some potential customers have about driving an electric vehicle in more rural areas.