Stockport gets first EV charging hub in £15 million overhaul

Stockport residents have received their first EV charging hub as part of an ongoing £15 million deal to revolutionise electric transport infrastructure in the borough. 

Stockport now has access to its first EV charging hub, thanks to the ongoing £15 million investment. This initiative is set to revolutionise the borough's electric transport infrastructure.

The Romiley Stockport location has four charging bays – two ultra-rapid, one rapid and one fast. The hub’s cutting-edge ultra-rapid chargers can add around 125 miles of range in a short 15-minute stop. 

The new charging hub starts the partnership between Stockport Council and Be.EV. The deal, signed in March last year, put Stockport at the forefront of the EV revolution, with Romiley being the first of 20 installations that Be.EV has agreed to deliver. To celebrate the start of the partnership, Be.EV is also giving members 24 hours of free charging at the site. 

The state-of-the-art charging hub will boost the local economy and provide EV drivers with reliable and convenient charging whilst they shop on the nearby high street. 

2700 registered electric vehicles

Romiley is located 10 minutes from the M60 – which sees an average of over 83,000 vehicles a day. Stockport has close to 2700 registered electric vehicles, drivers of which can charge their car whilst commuting or visiting the nearby retailers. 

Anyone will be able to use the chargers with Be.EV members can charge their cars at a discounted rate. Residents will also benefit, with Stockport Council receiving a share of the revenue from the charge points. 

The Romiley site sees Stockport join the largest public EV charging network in Greater Manchester, connecting communities across the UK with Be.EV boasts impressive reliability across the entire network (99.6% operational availability since launch). 

Be.EV funded all up-front installation and operating costs for the Romiley Precinct hub and managed the design, build, installation of the site, and ongoing maintenance – delivering a turn-key solution for Stockport Council. 

State-of-the-art charging infrastructure

Asif Ghafoor, CEO of Be.EV said: “It is great to see the first hub from our partnership with Stockport Council up and running, and we’re excited to install more state-of-the-art charging infrastructure across the borough. 

“Stockport Council is getting ahead of the curve by providing reliable ultra-rapid and rapid charging for its residents to use that do not have off-road parking of their own, while generating additional footfall to retail hot spots. 

“Other councils should sit up and take notice – sites like these are perfect for simultaneously achieving their net-zero transition goals while also providing a boost to local businesses.”