Find out more about how low emission vehicles are refuelled and the refuelling options available in Birmingham.

Birmingham has a growing network of refuelling options for drivers of low emission vehicles. 

Depending on what type of low emission vehicle you drive, the way you refuel will vary. Click on the tabs below to learn a bit more about how refuelling works for different technologies and see where you could refuel in Birmingham. You can also take a look at the upcoming Fleet Refuelling Hubs which are dedicated to providing businesses with refuelling solutions. 

Filling up a hydrogen, gas or LPG vehicle is similar to filling up a petrol or diesel vehicle – you drive to a refuelling station, fill your tank and then leave. Drivers of gas and hydrogen cars will often require a personal fuel card and/or security pass to enter the station and purchase their fuel.

Public gas (CNG and LNG) stations are designed for trucks so at present there are no height restriction issues for such vehicles. For hydrogen and LPG stations however, the canopy height could be inappropriate for trucks in some locations.

You can use the map below to view the public refuelling infrastructure that exists in the UK for gas and hydrogen vehicles.

For LPG vehicles – DriveLPG will show you where refuelling stations can be found.
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For a plug-in electric vehicle (100% electric, range extended, or hybrid), refuelling will be slightly different to what you are used to, but in many ways, it can be easier and more convenient. If you have a driveway or garage, then home-charging means you can simply plug in your vehicle and leave it overnight so that it’s fully charged the following morning. This uses cheaper off-peak electricity offered by energy companies and reduces your vehicle running costs further. 

If you need to charge your plug-in vehicle whilst out and about, there is a growing network of public charge points that you can use. These are found at a wide range of locations such as shopping centres, supermarket car parks, residential roads, high streets and more. The charge points come with a range of charging speeds – ultra rapid, rapid, fast and slow. For a mid-size car, the typical charging speeds are:

  • Ultra-rapid (150kW+) – provides an 80% charge in 10 minutes
  • Rapid (50kW) – provides an 80% charge in 30 minutes. 
  • Fast (7 to 22kW) – can fully recharge vehicle in 2-6 hours
  • Slow (3kW) – full recharge takes 6-8 hours (e.g. at home overnight)

Most charge point operators allow users to see whether their charge points are operational and available through dedicated apps. This allows drivers to better plan their journeys and see what the best recharging option is at any given time. 

If you do not have a driveway or garage, then home charging will not be an option. However, there is a growing range of alternatives. These include:

  • On-street charging technologies – these are located near to the driver’s home and provide a similar overnight charging routine to home charging. The most widely deployed technology to date is one that attaches to existing lampposts
  • Rapid charging hubs – these are typically located at car parks either in residential areas or city centres where people work. They comprise a number of rapid devices that enable quick recharging. This option is the most similar to conventional petrol or diesel refuelling.

You can also charge your electric vehicle at work if your fleet has a centralised depot. Through the Workplace Charging Scheme, financial support can be sought for the charge point installation. The funding covers 75% of the cost of up to 20 charge points per company (capped at £500 per charge point). You can read more about the support scheme here.

The Zapmap website will show you where public charging points can be found – you can see this using the link below.

Birmingham has some exciting upcoming developments with a range of new refuelling hubs set to open around the city. These will support businesses by providing convenient refuelling options to help with day to day operations. 

One of the key hubs is described below…. 

Tyseley Energy Park

As part of the Tyseley Energy Park (TEP) development, a state of the art vehicle refuelling hub is going to be created. It will provide refuelling facilities for hydrogen, compressed natural gas (CNG) and plug-in electric vehicles. These will be open 24/7 and have “pay at pump” capabilities. The refuelling hub will help businesses with low emission vehicles plan their day to day operations.

The TEP is going to be part of a clean technology district located on an industrial site owned by Webster and Horsfall Limited in Hay Mills. It will support local industry and drive sustainable growth in the region.

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