Birmingham City Council

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure in Birmingham

Important to changes to the way you access electric vehicle charge points in Birmingham

From Wednesday 20 August 2014, we will be changing our electric vehicle charge points to the Charge Your Car (CYC) system.

Once the switch over has happened you will no longer be able to use a Plugged in Midlands (PiM) card for the 18 Birmingham City Council charging points. The cards will still be required to access any of the other charging locations in Birmingham and the West Midlands, found on the PiM charge point map.

To continue using the City Council charge points, you will need to use the CYC mobile phone app, a CYC RFID card or your debit/credit card.

You will know if a charge point has been transferred to the CYC system from the CYC sticker on the charge point (picture to the right) or by checking the CYC charge point map.

We will keep these pages up to date with information about the switch. All Plugged in Midlands members will also be contacted directly.

We apologise for any inconvenience while we change to a more flexible system for electric vehicle users.

CYC sticker

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.