Birmingham City Council and ESB Energy launch new electric vehicle charging network
Over 200 fast and rapid electric vehicle chargers will be installed across Birmingham, and the infrastructure will allow drivers to charge their electric vehicles in less than 30 minutes.
Birmingham’s flagship ESB Energy multi-charging hub for electric vehicles (EVs) was officially opened today at a site on Navigation Street.
The hub is part of a wider roll out of 200 fast and rapid chargers (394 charging points) that will take place across the city over the next two years and is being provided by electric vehicle infrastructure specialists ESB Energy. The rollout is being funded by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and is part of the city’s commitment to improve air quality and cut carbon emissions.
Located in the city centre, the new hub includes four 50kW rapid chargers and two 22kW fast chargers and is the centre piece of ESB Energy’s public charging network for Birmingham. Six other charging sites are also available across the city:
Two rapid 50kW chargers and four fast 22kW chargers:
Dudley Street Car Park
Fast 22kW chargers with two inlets:
2 Margaret Street
178 Alcester Road - Moseley Village Car Park
157 High Street - Harborne High Street
762 Bristol Road South
Chargers on the network are supplied with 100% renewable electricity and are accessible to all, but the initial locations will focus on Birmingham's city centre to support the electrification of the taxi fleet. Chargers on the network will allow electric taxis, cars and vans to get moving quickly, picking up a significant charge in less than 30 minutes.
ESB Energy are giving electric vehicle drivers the chance to try out the first public chargers in Birmingham for free for a limited time, before “pay for use” is launched in a few months’ time. More information about this free charging offer is available here.
The Council’s Route to Zero Action Plan, published last year, identified electric vehicle charging as a key priority action.
Speaking at the launch of the new hub, Councillor Waseem Zaffar, said “Delivering a best-in-class electric vehicle charging infrastructure network is a key priority in our Route to Zero Action Plan. It’s a major step in improving air quality in the city and will be key to the electrification of our taxi fleet. I’m delighted to have reached this important milestone and look forward to seeing more charge points being installed across Birmingham over the coming months.”
John Byrne, Head of EV Solutions at ESB Energy said, “ESB Energy is delighted to partner with Birmingham City Council to provide a comprehensive public charging network for electric vehicle drivers throughout the city. Having worked with Transport for London and Coventry City Council, we see the huge benefit that EV infrastructure plays in helping build a sustainable future for cities. We look forward to supporting Birmingham and all of its citizens as they transition to low carbon motoring."