Stockport residents can now enjoy the first electric vehicle charging hub as part of the ongoing 15 million pounds agreement to revolutionize the electric transport infrastructure in the district.
The Romiley Stockport location is equipped with four charging bays: two ultra-rapid, one rapid, and one fast.
The state-of-the-art ultra-rapid chargers at the hub can add around 125 miles of range during a brief 15-minute stop.
This project marks the beginning of the partnership between Stockport Council and Be.EV.
The agreement, signed last March, positioned Stockport at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution, with Romiley being the first of the 20 facilities Be.EV committed to delivering.
To celebrate the start of the partnership, Be.EV also offered its members 24 hours of free charging at the site.
This cutting-edge hub will boost the local economy and provide electric vehicle drivers with reliable and convenient charging while shopping on the nearby high street.
Romiley is just ten minutes from the M60, with over 83,000 vehicles passing through it daily.
Stockport has around 2,700 registered zero-emission cars, whose drivers can charge their vehicles while traveling or visiting nearby businesses.
While anyone can use the charging stations, Be.EV members will enjoy reduced pricing.
Local residents will also benefit, as the Stockport Council will receive a share of the charging point revenue.
The Romiley site sees Stockport joining the largest public electric vehicle charging network in Greater Manchester, connecting communities across the UK, and Be.EV boasts an impressive reliability record across the network (99.6 percent operational availability since its launch).
Be.EV funded all the initial installation and operation costs of the Romiley Precinct center, managing the design, construction, installation, and ongoing maintenance of the site, providing a turnkey solution for the Stockport Council.
Mark Roberts, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment, commented: “It’s fantastic to see the first charging point operational following the agreement signed in 2023.”
“The installation of more electric vehicle chargers is a key element for the council regarding its commitment to tackling climate change, as our goal is for Stockport to be carbon-neutral by 2038,” he added.
Grace Baynham, Cabinet Member for Parks, Highways, and Transportation Services, stated: “The new chargers will be a great asset for our residents in places where they can easily access them.”
“We have worked hard to identify areas for the new chargers, and I hope there will be more available to residents in the coming months,” she added.
Asif Ghafoor, CEO of Be.EV, said: “It’s fantastic to see the first hub in operation from our partnership with Stockport Council, and we are excited to install more cutting-edge charging infrastructure throughout the borough.”
“Other councils should take note: sites like these are perfect for simultaneously achieving their net-zero transition goals and, at the same time, giving a boost to local businesses,” he added.