Charge point operator Be.EV has announced it will install 60 rapid charging points across Greater Manchester exclusively dedicated to EV private hire and hackney vehicles licensed by one of the ten Greater Manchester Authorities.
The initiative has been made funded through a £5.9 million grant from the Government, and a number of sites are already operational, with others to follow in coming months:
- Foundry Street Car Park – Bury Town Centre
- Thurloe Street Car Park – Rusholme, Manchester
- High Street Car Park – Rochdale Town Centre
- Hankinson Way Car Park – Pendleton, Salford
- Church Street Car Park – Swinton, Salford
- Lomas Street Car Park – Edgeley, Stockport
- Torkington Park Car Park – Hazel Grove, Stockport
The Be.EV taxi chargers offer discounted rates of 72p/.kW against the regular 82p/kW public charge.
Be EV has also opened a major new EV charging hub capable of handling 400 cars a day has opened in Greater Manchester.
The Sale Water Park hub, just two minutes from the M60 Motorway to the west of the city centre, is the largest ultra-rapid EV charging hub in Greater Manchester.
The state-of-the-art charging hub has been built at a cost of £1million by EV charging network Be.EV as part of a wider collaboration with Trafford Borough Council, which has already seen more than 40 chargers go live across the region.
The Sale Water Park hub also has 16 ultra-rapid charger bays, which are capable of charging cars from 20% to 80% in as little as 20 minutes. The site offers a total of 1.2MW of power and is equipped with cutting-edge Kempower chargers that feature load balancing capabilities.
This allows them to distribute energy supply intelligently between vehicles according to capacity and demand, so if one car reaches the maximum amount of power on one charger, any residual energy supply can be reassigned to another vehicle connected on-site.
Sale Water Sports Centre has café and restaurant facilities which drivers can use while waiting for their vehicles to charge.
In a further development, Manchester City Council a Be.EV plan to transform a former petrol station site on the corner of Reliance Street and Oldham Road into a large-scale EV charging ‘Oasis’ (pictured).
The site will include commercial space for local businesses and provide ultra-rapid charging for 16 electric vehicles, including accessible and van-suitable spaces, as well as secure charging for electric bicycles.
Be.EV’s public charging network is the largest across the north-west. The network boasts an impressive operational availability rate of 99.6%. Be.EV is working to install 1,000 further charge points across the North of England and beyond by 2024.