Bury Council has appointed EV charging network Be.EV to install more than 30 new EV charging points spread across over 20 public sites such as car parks.
Most of the chargers will be rapid or ultra-rapid, which can charge a typical EV to 80% in 20 minutes to an hour, compared to 4-6 hours on a 7kW fast charger.
The deal is worth upwards of £9m – fully funded by Be.EV – and the council will also benefit from a rental income from the charge points.
There are currently 26 publicly available charging points across Bury, and the council wants to double this number over the next two years to boost the borough’s rapid charging provision and keep up with demand.
Be.EV’s public charging network is the largest across the North West and the company is Transport for Greater Manchester’s preferred charging partner.
Asif Ghafoor, CEO and co-founder of Be.EV, said, “Bury Council is a great example of a progressive local authority – helping to accelerate the UK’s EV transition. They are playing a vital role in supporting the early uptake of EVs in their borough by scaling the charging network to make electric cars accessible for all.
“The new deal will help us further expand our reliable network of EV chargers to Bury residents, and we want other councils to sit up and take notice of this gold standard development.”
Councillor Alan Quinn, cabinet member for the environment, climate change and operations, said, “This is a concessionary contract, so all up-front installation and operating costs are being undertaken by Be.EV, and we will also receive a rental income. We will be working to get the chargers in the ground as soon as possible, certainly later this year.”