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New rapid EV charge network to provide taxi drivers with free charging

A new rapid charging network has launched in Bromsgrove, providing free charging to taxi drivers for the first year.

The new scheme will support Bromsgrove’s Ultra Low Emission Strategy

A total of 13 rapid chargers on the GeniePoint Network are being installed under a tie-up between GeniePoint parent firm Engie and Bromsgrove District Council.

The new scheme will support Bromsgrove’s Ultra Low Emission Strategy, in particular by providing Bromsgrove-registered taxi drivers with the opportunity to charge their EVs free of charge for the first year. It will then offer substantial discounts for the next nine years, helping drivers to make the shift towards adopting EVs.

The GeniePoint Network chargers will also be available for public use, helping to support other businesses migrating to EVs.

The chargers will provide 100% renewable energy and will offer the choice of contactless charging for fast ‘stop-and-charge’ access via credit or debit card, or access via the GeniePoint app for those looking for full account facilities.

Jerry Moloney, managing director for Engie’s Futures business, said: “Local authorities play a key role in supporting the uptake of electric vehicles by both individuals and businesses through the provision of publicly available infrastructure, and we’re pleased to be working with Bromsgrove District Council in this latest rollout as we work towards supporting the UK’s wider commitment to become net zero by 2050.”

Judith Willis, head of service covering Bromsgrove District Council’s Climate Change processes, said: “I am very proud of the hard work which has been done by our officers and our partners at Engie and BMM Energy Solutions to ensure that, even during the pandemic, the new chargers will soon be in full use for both EV car owners and taxi drivers.

“The new installations mean you’ll never be too far away from a charger should you need it. The project is a huge step forward in developing and implementing clean transport options for our residents and providing EV users from neighbouring areas and elsewhere in the UK the opportunity to stop or visit Bromsgrove on their travels.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 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. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.

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