Greater Manchester’s publicly-owned electric vehicle charging network (GMEV) is set to be expanded, modernised and renamed to support the city region’s ‘build back better’ vision.
The GMEV network has offered members free electric vehicle charging for the past six years, but it will now move to a ‘pay-as-you-charge’ system to cover costs and enable increased investment in the network.
Infrastructure giant Amey has been appointed by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to operate the new and improved network, which will be renamed Be.EV.
The transformation will include upgrading 120 existing charge points with new faster chargers and installing 24 new ‘rapid’ chargers. A new membership scheme offering reduced charging fees will be launched later in 2020.
‘Realising our vision’
Simon Warburton, transport strategy director at TfGM, commented: “The modernisation and expansion of Greater Manchester’s publicly owned EV charging network is another step in realising our vision for clean, green, sustainable transport across our region.
“It will support Greater Manchester’s vision to ‘build back better’ as we work to recover from the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and is an important step in helping to make our city region one of the best places in the world in which to live and work.”
Collaboration with local businesses
A key part of Amey’s offer is to base its operations in Manchester, drive local employment opportunities and support local businesses with the transition to electric vehicles.
“Our aim is to enable Greater Manchester to develop into one of the largest and greenest regional economies in Europe,” explained John Faulkner, group strategy and development director at Amey. “Innovation and sustainability are at the core of our service as well as tangible social value investment. We want to work in collaboration with local businesses, particularly SMEs and social enterprises.”
Posted under General Interest and Environmental Technologies and Renewable Energy on 24 June 2020