DDR Electrical are already dispelling the myth that the demand for electrical vehicle charging points (EVCP) is purely in towns and cities. Managing Director, Steve Geater and the team are qualified for the design & installation of EVCP, accredited installers with OLEV and registered for both the Workplace Charging and Home Charge Schemes.
Although not based in a city, their location provides easy access to the A1 enabling them to support an increasing demand in towns & rural areas across Yorkshire & Co Durham, travelling east to Scarborough and west to Kendal in Cumbria.
A lot of work takes them into York, Harrogate and Leeds, & they are now seeing the demand increasing within the Yorkshire Dales area. Rural hotels and holiday cottages, especially those of higher quality and/or 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.
Cottage in the Dales, luxury award-winning holiday cottages in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, were introduced by DDR Electrical to the government schemes & 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.
“With no knowledge & a myriad of ECVP to choose from, we really appreciated Steve’s product & finance guidance, enabling an easy decision. With each cottage being Grade II listed, the installation sites had to be subtle & 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 & a new guest found us via the ‘ZapMap’ app & booked a holiday! A great measurable return on investment already.”
After installing 2 x EVCP in late 2017, Cottage in the Dales bought two more in early 2019 via the government scheme and of course DDR advised on the positioning, type of cabling, type of EVCP so that all of their cottages now have dedicated EVCP to support their increasing number of guests arriving with fully electric cars, some of whom also found the cottages via the online charging apps - a new route to market for the cottage business, at zero cost!
DDR have chosen to install the EO and Rolec EVCP and recently the Zappi from myenergi, enabling charging directly from solar PV. DDR are also adding a fully electric van to their own fleet to practise what they preach, thereby dispelling any concerns that some potential customers have about driving an EV in more rural areas.
“This increase in rural uptake, alongside the town-based business, is growing steadily, helped further with the government’s increased Workplace Charging Scheme grant, helping businesses & us” commented Steve.