The Greater Manchester Electric Vehicle (GMEV) scheme has been announced. The £2.7m scheme is a new pay as you go electric vehicle charging point network, led by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and operated by Charge Your Car.
The first charge points have been installed as part of a total Greater Manchester network of 250 charge points. TfGM is working with Greater Manchester local authorities to identify further locations and install a range of charge points for electric vehicles which will be operational in the summer. The locations will be across the ten districts of Manchester, providing commuters with a wide-spread and reliable infrastructure to charge electric vehicles. Charge Your Car will operate the GMEV scheme and will manage payments for the use of charging stations on behalf of TfGM.
Private sector partners including NCP, Manchester Central, Manchester Metropolitan University, Salford University and Intu Trafford Centre are also participating, providing their own charging points to supplement the network.
A consortium from Greater Manchester has secured £1.7million of support through the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) funded ‘Plugged In Places’ scheme. The scheme has also received a further £1million from the combined authorities allocated transport budget.
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council and Vice Chair of Greater Manchester Combined Authority, said: “We are launching an innovative charging network right across Greater Manchester. Studies show that a network such as this is the key to getting drivers to consider a switch to electric.
“The take up of electric vehicles will improve air quality and reduce noise pollution and therefore create a better environment for residents and visitors to the region. We are committed to a growth in greener transport and carbon reduction.”
Local Transport Minister Norman Baker said: “The launch of the Greater Manchester Electric Vehicle scheme underlines the Government’s commitment to ensuring the UK continues to be a world leader in the electric car industry.
“Plug-in vehicles can help the consumer by offering a good driving experience and low running costs. They can help the environment by cutting pollution. And most importantly of all, they can help the British economy by creating skilled manufacturing jobs in a market that is bound to get bigger.”
From July 2013, EV drivers wishing to use the charging bays will be able to register through the TfGM website and then receive an access card in the post, or simply pay as you go either by phone or by mobile app, from the charging point itself.