Please help us upgrade our community car charging network

Our car charging network was one of the first to use a contactless payment system in the UK, and was adapted from launderette equipment.
This gave customers 22kWh for 3 hours, for a fixed price of £5 and was quick, simple and very reliable. A big step forward from other car charging networks.

The issue

However, new UK Government regulations are coming into force to ensure all car charging networks are supplied consistently across the UK. Some of these new requirements are:

  • Set car charging cost by kWh rather than by time
  • Provide real time car charging information, e.g power and cost

Unfortunately, our current system cannot be modified to meet these new regulations as the original creator, Andrew, has sadly passed away. We have no choice but to purchase a new system, and there is a very small number of complying and suitable equipment available.

The solution

Fortunately, we have found a compatible system for a reasonable price from Rolec. Their Quantum range can be wall-mounted or comes as a pedestal unit, and is complete with a phone app for public use. These units are also compatible with our Charge Card system, allowing us to continue providing benefits for our community car charging network supporters.

Retrofitting existing sites will cost £2,000 per site equaling £8,000 total.

Can you help us?

After COVID19 lockdown, our funds have been tight and future community solar installation work is uncertain. We are seeking donations from our kind supporters, to help fund this upgrade and keep electric vehicle charging in the hands of our local community.

If you can help, please donate to Gwent Energy CIC.

Click here to donate via PayPal

or use the details below.

Cooperative Bank | Account No: 65464704 | Sort Code: 089299

Please include the word “Donation” and your name in the reference.

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All named donors will receive Thank you gifts – please visit our Crowdfunder for more information.

Please visit to see our latest community projects, including a brand new defibrillator for Chepstow Community Hub.

Thank you for your support,

Phil Powell

Director of Gwent Energy CIC