Electric Vehicle Infrastructure in Birmingham
Important changes to the way you access electric vehicle charge points in Birmingham
The electric vehicle charging points in Birmingham that are part of the Plugged in Midlands network are being transferred to a new back end server system operated by Chargemaster Plc on Friday 27 November 2015. All existing registered users have been sent a new membership card enabling free usage for 12 months. Further information can be obtained on www.pluggedinmidlands.co.uk
Background to Electric Vehicles in Birmingham
Coventry and Birmingham Low Emissions Demonstration (CABLED)
The CABLED project ran until summer 2012 and involved around 100 electric vehicles being driven on the city’s streets. Public electric vehicle charging points were introduced around the city centre, four of which we installed.
CABLED showcased electric cars across Birmingham and Coventry, made ultra-low-carbon vehicles available to real users and collected data on everyday use. This was part of a UK-wide demonstration programme, brought together by the Technology Strategy Board and involving a total of 340 vehicles.
You can find out more on the CABLED website.
In 2012, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) designated 8 ‘Plugged-in Places’ areas in the UK, and the Midlands was one of these. The Plugged-in Places programme offers match funding to the public sector, and to consortia of businesses, to install electric vehicle charging points. Working with Plugged-in Midlands, we implemented a network of 36 electric vehicle charging points at 18 locations across the city, in on- and off-street locations. This included upgrading the four locations originally installed as part of CABLED.
Through the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), the Government is providing incentives to individuals and businesses to reduce the up-front costs of low emission vehicles. This is available as a range of grants towards the cost of purchasing the vehicles or for charging infrastructure. The grants available include: