The Greater Manchester Electric Vehicle scheme consists of more than 250 charging points across ten local authority areas in Greater Manchester. The system, which is led by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), will be officially switched on this weekend to be operated by Charge Your Car who will be responsible for managing payments and access on TfGM’s behalf. The launch event will be held on Friday 26th July and Saturday 27th July at the Intu Trafford Centre where visitors will be able to see electric vehicles and speak to representatives.
A number of private sector partners will also be providing charging bays in order to supplement the network. These partners include NCP, Manchester Central, Manchester Metropolitan University, Salford University and the Intu Trafford Centre. The network has been funded in part by £1.7 million of support through the Office for Low Emission Vehicle's funded Plugged In Places scheme. Another £1 million has been provided by Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
There are two easy ways in which to pay for charging an electric vehicle. The GMEV access card includes a range of benefits included a Charge Your Car smartphone app designed to help customers to manage their accounts and provide access energy tracking and usage information. Alternatively customers can use their phones to pay when they arrive at a charging bay.
A map of the various charging points is available on TfGM’s GMEV website.