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UK: Greater Manchester launches electric vehicle charging network

The Greater Manchester Electric Vehicle (GMEV) scheme, a new electric vehicle charging point network and pay as you go programme led by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), will launch on Sunday, July 28.

The GMEV scheme will see more than 250 charging bays across the 10 Greater Manchester districts go live – providing commuters with the infrastructure to charge electric vehicles.

It will be operated by Charge Your Car (CYC who will manage the payments and access to the GMEV scheme on behalf of TfGM.

Private sector partners, such as NCP, Manchester Central, Manchester Metropolitan University, Salford University and intu Trafford Centre are also on board, providing their own charging bays to supplement the network.

Launch event

TfGM will be holding a GMEV launch event on Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27 at the Intu Trafford Centre to raise awareness of the scheme.

Visitors to the intu Trafford Centre will be able to visit Orient Way to see electric vehicles, such as the Renault Zoe, and speak to representatives about GMEV.

They can book in for a test drive by emailing gmev@creativeconcern.com in advance or, subject to availability on either day, simply turning up with their full driving licence.

Councillor Andrew Fender, chair of TfGM committee, said: “Safe and dependable transport is essential to the region and to the economy but we are also working with our partners to provide more sustainable, low-carbon travel choices: be it bus, rail, tram, bike or cars.

“Through the GMEV network, we are building a more connected city with greater, greener transport options available for both residents and visitors.”

Norman Baker, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, said: “It’s initiatives like the GMEV charging scheme that are bringing to life the Coalition Government’s ambition to put in place a comprehensive and effective national infrastructure. This will enable ultra low emission drivers to make the journeys that they need to.”
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