WORK on installing 13 electric vehicle (EV) charging points across Bromsgrove district is set to start in the coming months after the council linked up with provider ENGIE.
The points will offer 100 per cent renewable energy for all EV drivers and free charging for taxis and private hire vehicles for the first year, a 75 per cent discount for years two to five and a 50 per cent reduction after that.
The move supports the district council’s Ultra Low Emission Vehicles Strategy launched in 2019 and will be good news for electric vehicle owners who have criticised the authority in the past for the insufficient number of chargers available.
The new points, which will be on the GeniePoint Network, will be installed by lead contractor BMM Energy Solutions and all are set to be completed before the end of 2020.
They will offer 50kW+ rapid charging for the next ten years.
Bromsgrove district has more than 60,000 cars and vans, each producing on average over two tonnes of greenhouse gases per 10,000 miles driven.
It is hoped that startling figure will be dramatically reduced by the renewable energy sourced from UK supply, which will result in zero NOx air pollution or greenhouse gases being produced for every mile fueled by electric vehicles using the chargers.
Bromsgrove District Council successfully won funding for the provision of EV charging under the Governments’ Ultra Low Emission Taxi Infrastructure Scheme and supporting the switch to clean transportation is a major part of the council’s drive for cleaner air in the community.
Coun Margaret Sherrey, whose portfolio covers Environmental Services, said it was fantastic news for the whole district.
“Now we can get the ball rolling to develop and implement clean transport options for our residents as well as giving EV users from elsewhere in the UK the opportunity to stop or visit Bromsgrove to ‘recharge their batteries’.
“This really is a win-win for Bromsgrove.”
All the chargers will be PAYG (pay as you go) and offer contactless credit or debit card payments.
For the general public the tariff will be competitively priced with no connection fee and a £0.28p/kWh cost.
Alex Bamberg, ENGIE EV Solutions’ managing director, said. “Bromsgrove District Council are successfully putting together a clean transport strategy to provide critical services to enable drivers to make the change to zero carbon transport.
“Making reliable, easy to use and familiar EV charging facilities available to drivers in their own communities, encourages take up and results in cleaner air quality across the district.
“Our GeniePoint Network is nationwide so once registered, drivers can always find a charger wherever their journey takes them across the country.”
Drivers can visit geniepoint.co.uk to find out more about the scheme and to register.