Amey has been appointed by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to expand and maintain the city region’s publicly owned electric vehicle (EV) charging network.
The agreement is aimed at making Greater Manchester more EV-friendly and supports its air quality and carbon reduction targets.
The development of the EV charging network, under Amey’s new Be.EV brand, is part of the city region's 2040 Transport Strategy, which sets out a vision for a world-class, integrated and sustainable transport system.
The first phase of work is upgrading the existing Greater Manchester Electric Vehicle (GMEV) network infrastructure of almost 120 fast chargers and the installation of 24 new rapid chargers.
The new Be.EV charging network, when installed and fully operational, will move from a ‘free-as-you-charge’ to a ‘pay-as-you-charge’ system. It will also use renewable electricity. GMEV members have benefited from free electric charging – which was originally intended as an introductory offer – for more than six years. But the introduction of charging fees is now needed to cover costs and balance the impact on public budgets.
Moving to a ‘pay-as-you-charge’ system will guarantee a sustainable, reliable network and enable increased investment in Greater Manchester’s EV charging infrastructure. The Be.EV network will span all 10 councils in Greater Manchester, serving 2.8 million people.
A key part of Amey’s offer is to base its operations in Manchester, drive local employment opportunities and support small businesses and social enterprises through delivering world-class EV infrastructure.