Electric vehicle charging network Be.EV and Stockport Council have signed a £15m deal which will allow 100 electric vehicles to be charged at once.

The deal will mean improved access to charging across the community as the sites are spread across 20 locations.

As well as cleaner air, residents will also benefit from a share of the revenue from the charge points.

The chargers will take two weeks to install and are expected to be operational by the end of the year.

In some cases, for example at the site in Massey Street, the work will build upon existing Be.EV chargers to create more capacity and faster charging. 

Anyone will be able to use the chargers but Be.EV members will be able to access a discounted rate across the company’s rapidly growing network.

The council will retain ownership of the sites but the chargers will be installed and managed by Be.EV.

It will cost around £8m to install the 54 rapid and ultra-rapid chargers with ongoing operational costs of £7m over the next 10 years.

The chargers will be powered by renewable energy from Octopus Energy.

Be.EV CEO Asif Ghafoor said: “the council wants to deliver cleaner air and they have found these sites for EV chargers.

“We want other councils to sit up and take notice of this gold standard development or they will be left behind.”

Cllr Mark Roberts, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment, said: “The whole of Stockport, including the council, residents and businesses, must make big changes to reduce our emissions now so that we stop contributing to climate change and providing this infrastructure will help us on that challenging journey.

“Installing more electric vehicle chargers is a key element for the council with regards to its commitment to taking action on climate change as we aim for Stockport to be carbon neutral by 2038.

“Not only that, EV ownership is growing in Stockport and Greater Manchester and this is really great news that we are installing, in partnership with Be.EV, more chargers across the borough in a range of different locations that will benefit our residents.”

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