Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Greater Manchester launches new electric car charging station network

Greater Manchester’s electric vehicle charging scheme will officially open on Sunday (July 28, 2013) and will initially enable electric car owners to ‘refuel’ their cars for free.
More than 250 charging bays will be available across the region’s ten districts and will be managed by the Charge Your Car network. One of the country’s ‘Plugged-in Places’, Greater Manchester secured a fund of £1.7 million from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and received a further £1 million from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) to pay for the charging points.
Chance to test drive an EV
To mark the launch of the new Greater Manchester Electric Vehicle (GMEV) scheme, the region’s local transport authority, TfGM will hold a launch event on Friday July 26 and Saturday July 27 at the Intu Trafford Centre to raise awareness of the scheme.
Visitors to the intu Trafford Centre will be able to visit Orient Way to see electric vehicles, including the Tesla Model S (which isn’t even available in the UK yet) and the Renault ZOE, and speak to representatives about GMEV. There will even be chances to test drive ZOE cars at the event.
Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of TfGM committee, said: “Safe and dependable transport is essential to the region and to the economy but we are also working with our partners to provide more sustainable, low-carbon travel choices: be it bus, rail, tram, bike or cars.
“Through the GMEV network, we are building a more connected city with greater, greener transport options available for both residents and visitors.”
Norman Baker, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, said: ‘It’s initiatives like the GMEV charging scheme that are bringing to life the Coalition Government’s ambition to put in place a comprehensive and effective national infrastructure. This will enable ultra low emission drivers to make the journeys that they need to.’
Electric car drivers will be able to use the first of the new charging bays from this Sunday, and can initially use them for free. Full pricing details are not expected to be announced until the autumn. Registration can be completed through the Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) website or via a mobile app.
Locations for the charging points include Bury market, Hulme Street in the city centre, Corporation Road in Eccles, Princes St in Stockport and Lacey Street, Stretford. The 32 amp charging stations will be able to recharge a typical electric car in three-four hours-half the time it takes from an ordinary domestic supply.
Private sector partners, such as NCP, Manchester Central, Manchester Metropolitan University, Salford University and intu Trafford Centre are also on board, providing their own charging bays to supplement the network.