Fast and and rapid chargers for Greater Manchester
Amey has been appointed by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to expand and maintain the area’s publicly owned electric vehicle (EV) charging network.
The first phase of work is the upgrade of the existing Greater Manchester Electric Vehicle (GMEV) network infrastructure of almost 120 fast chargers and the installation of 24 new rapid chargers. It will also use renewable electricity.
The development of the EV charging network will be undertaken by Amey’s new Be.EV brand, and when installed and fully operational, will move to a ‘pay-as-you-charge’ system to cover costs and balance the impact on public budgets. It had been free for more than six years as an introductory offer.
The Be.EV network will span all 10 councils in Greater Manchester, serving 2.8 million people in one of the UK’s most vibrant and successful city-regions. A key part of Amey’s offer is to base its operations in Manchester, drive local employment opportunities and support small businesses and social enterprises through delivering world-class EV infrastructure.
John Faulkner, Group Strategy and Development director of Amey, said: “Amey is keen to work with TfGM to roll out green infrastructure across the region. Our aim is to enable Greater Manchester to develop into one of the largest and greenest regional economies in Europe. We have put together a consortium with transport technology provider SWARCO and renewable electricity supplier Octopus Energy that delivers technical expertise and a sustainable model for TfGM.
“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.”
Simon Warburton, TfGM Transport Strategy Director, said: “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.”
Engaging the public, businesses and large fleet owners in developing the network, combined with intelligently located charge points, is designed to create the conditions for mass uptake of EVs across Greater Manchester.