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Birmingham City Council

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure in Birmingham

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.

Plugged-in Midlands

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. It is anticipated that Plugged-in Midlands will develop a regional network of more than 500 electric vehicle charging points across both the East and West Midlands.

Working with Plugged-in Midlands, we have 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.

To make use of the charging points, you will need to be a member of Plugged-In Midlands. To join the scheme and receive your charging card, go to www.pluggedinmidlands.co.uk. Annual membership costs £24. Currently there is no charge for the electricity used, but in some locations, such as certain off-street car parks, the relevant parking charges will still apply.

Grant Funding

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:

Further information and details on all the grants available.