Make the switch

If electric vehicles are going to be an option for all Birmingham residents, there will need to be an effective and convenient network of public charge points for everyone to use. The city-wide EV charge point strategy has been developed to ensure that residents (particularly those who do not have access to off-street parking), taxi drivers, commercial fleets and visitors to the city, have access to a convenient charge point when they choose to go electric.

There are two phases to the EV charging strategy:

Phase 1

The first phase of the strategy is already underway, with our charge point provider, ESB Energy. We are rolling out an initial 394 fast (22kw) and rapid (50kw) charge points across the city by the end of 2022.

These will be deployed as ‘fast & rapid hubs’ at key locations, ensuring that EV drivers can charge quickly when they need to. The first roll out of charge points have been located in proximity to taxi ranks. Other charge point sites are being located near to amenities such as shopping centres.

Phase 2

The second phase of the strategy will begin September 2022 to 2032.

The number of charge points in the city will increase to around 3,600 and will be in collaboration with the private sector charge point deployment on private land such as supermarkets, retail outlets and fuel stations.

There will be an increasing focus on parts of Birmingham that have lower electricity grid capacity or lower traffic flow. They may be unsuitable for the high-capacity fast and rapid charge points hubs, and better suited to more innovative on-street charging solutions such as inset kerbstone charge points, the use of bollards and lamp posts where feasible.

Read the City-Wide Electric Vehicle Charging Strategy

To find out the locations and status of ESB charge points, visit the Frequently Asked Questions download

For all charge points in Birmingham, visit the EV charging maps website Zap Map.

Page last updated: 5 June 2023

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