Charging into the future
Helping drivers switch on to electric
The UK plans to phase out the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030. That’s a big change for drivers, and we’re committed to help people make the switch to electric.
We want people who need to drive in Greater Manchester to buy an electric vehicle with confidence, knowing that they can recharge it quickly and easily. And we’ve got a plan to get there: Greater Manchester’s new draft Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Strategy.
It’s part of the city-region’s Transport Strategy 2040, creating an integrated, affordable, easy to use and sustainable transport system, covering public transport, cycling and walking, and EV. The vision outlined in the 2040 strategy is for Greater Manchester to have "world-class connections that support long-term, sustainable economic growth and access to opportunity for all". The four key objectives of the vision are to:
Support economic growth
Protect our environment
Improve everyone's quality of life
Embrace new technology
Our plans for EV also support the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan, which includes proposals for a Greater Manchester-wide charging Clean Air Zone, due to be introduced on 30 May 2022.
Under the proposals, the most polluting, non-compliant commercial vehicles would pay a daily charge to drive in the Zone - private vehicles are not included. The Clean Air Plan includes more than £120m in government funding which will be available to support eligible local businesses to upgrade to compliant vehicles, including support towards buying EVs. This will make sure that as many businesses as possible have compliant vehicles before the Clean Air Zone is launched.
Together, we’ll make it easier to travel across our region, reduce carbon emissions, improve air quality and enjoy a cleaner, more sustainable and joined-up transport system.
The charging challenge
Demand for EV charging is growing. But the number of public EV charging points isn’t keeping up with demand. Today, there are around 360 publicly available EV chargers in Greater Manchester with approximately 700 connectors. By 2025, we think this needs to grow to 2,700 fast and 300 rapid chargers.
So in the short term, Greater Manchester has plans to invest public money in expanding the charging network. And as more commercial operators step up their networks, we’ll scale back that investment.
To see the latest map of all publicly available charging points in Greater Manchester, visit our Chargers everywhere page.
To start, we want to help people and businesses who’ll find it hardest to switch to EV. That includes the taxi and private hire trade, local businesses, and people who can’t charge their vehicle at home.
We’re already busy installing 24 new Be.EV public rapid chargers, with the last of these due to be switched on by autumn 2021. Next, we’ll be installing 60 charging points for use only by taxi and private hire drivers.
And in summer 2021 we’re launching an EV car club, plus eCargo bike hire, as part of an eHUBS pilot. We’re also planning to trial community charger hubs in areas where charging at home is difficult or where there’s demand for electric van charging. If these goes well, we’ll roll them out across Greater Manchester to make sure more people can go electric.
60 rapid chargers for taxi and private hire use only
eCar club where members can rent an EV by the hour
Charger hubs serving local communities and businesses
Download the strategy
We'd like your help in deciding where to put new EV chargers in the future
Whether you’re a business looking to upgrade to an electric van but have nowhere to charge it, or you live in a house or flat without a drive and can't charge an EV at home, simply drop a pin in the map below to suggest a location. We’ll use the map for long-term planning and to help with our bids to government for charging point funding.
So, get pinning!
And if someone has already suggested a charging point within a stone's throw of where you'd like one, simply tap or click on it to give it a vote.
Click on the map where you would like to suggest a charging location