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Park up and plug in: Greater Manchester's new electric vehicle charging network

Locations across all ten districts of Greater Manchester will offer commuters with the infrastructure they need to charge electric vehicles. Private sector partners, such as NCP, Manchester Central, Manchester Metropolitan University, Salford University and The Intu Trafford Centre are also on board, providing their own charging bays to supplement the network.

The GMEV scheme will be operated by Charge Your Car (CYC) a leader in EV charging networks. CYC will manage the payments and access to the GMEV scheme on behalf of TfGM.

Speaking at the launch, Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council and Vice Chair of Greater Manchester Combined Authority, said: "Electric vehicles, from family cars to scooters or fleet vehicles, are going to transform the way we live and work.


Sir RIchard Leese and Angie Robinson


"We are launching an innovative charging network right across Greater Manchester. Studies show that a network such as this is the key to getting drivers to consider a switch to electric. The take up of electric vehicles will improve air quality and reduce noise pollution and therefore create a better environment for residents and visitors to the region. We are committed to a growth in greener transport and carbon reduction.

"The scheme will play a vital part in helping Greater Manchester hit its targets for reducing carbon emissions as well as improving integrated transport choices and employment opportunities."

A consortium from Greater Manchester, led by the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) secured £1.7million of support through the Office for Low Emission Vehicle’s (OLEV) funded "Plugged In Places" scheme. The scheme has also received a further £1million from the combined authorities allocated transport budget.

Customers wishing to use the charging bays will be able to do so from July. They will be able to either register through the TfGM website and then receive an access card in the post, or simply pay as you go either by phone or by mobile app.

The scheme pricing is yet to be confirmed, but users will pay a flat rate per hour to recharge their vehicle. To recharge a typical EV (7kwh/32amp capability) fully in a GMEV bay will take around three - four hours and cost no more that £6. This will enable an EV driver to travel around 100miles. GMEV charging bays (7kwh/32amp) are capable of charging a typical EV in approximately three – four hours, which is three times faster than charging at home.

To find out more about the scheme, go to

GMEV_Brochure.pdf [PDF, 302.82kb]