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Manchester expands EV chargepoint network

The MediaCityUK creative and digital hub in Manchester has deployed 10 GeniePoint Network connected chargers from ChargePoint Services to enable the use of electric vehicles by drivers travelling to or living at the development.

The 10 GeniePoint chargers are located in the MediaCityUK multi-storey car park

The 10 GeniePoint chargers are located in the MediaCityUK multi-storey car park

Situated on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal, MediaCityUK is a joint venture between Peel Land and Property Group and Legal and General Capital, and is home to the BBC, ITV, Kellogg’s, Ericsson and the University of Salford, as well as over 250 smaller businesses. In total, around 7,500 people now live and work within MediaCityUK.

The 10 22kW fast chargers are situated on the second floor of the multi-storey car park within the site and can be accessed via an RFID card or the GeniePoint Network mobile web app. They’re also supported by ChargePoint Services’ 24/7 customer service centre.

The installation of the chargers is the first phase of a project between Peel Energy and ChargePoint Services that will connect Peel Land and Property’s developments to the nationwide GeniePoint Network.

Simon Wilson, energy development manager for Peel Land and Property, said: “Peel Energy is committed to cutting carbon emissions and since transport is one of the main emitters of carbon, we believe that electric vehicles are key to meeting the national target of reducing emissions by at least 3% a year to meet the 2050 goal of an 80% reduction of 1990 carbon emissions. We hope this infrastructure will help support the uptake of electric vehicles by making it easy and convenient for people to make the switch.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.