Ready for the roll-out ramp-up: Be.EV appoints Network Manager
Be.EV has appointed Mark Constantine as Network Manager to support an ambitious programme of EV charging installations. The business is planning to get 1,000 new chargers underway in 2022 and expand its geographical footprint from its Greater Manchester heartland across the whole of the North.
Mark’s background is in construction consultancy. He has a strong track-record of delivering complex projects a national and European scale. For example, he led Tesco’s DOT COM EV programme electrifying the supermarket’s delivery van fleet.
In his new role as Network Manager at Be.EV, Mark will manage all contractors involved in the installation, go-live and maintenance of Be.EV’s charging infrastructure.
Asif Ghafoor, CEO of Be.EV, on the appointment: “Our network is about to experience a growth spurt as installations are gathering momentum and we’re signing up new sites. There are lots of challenges every day, but we keep pressing on for our drivers and members. We’ve been bringing on board the right partners and contractors to help us keep pace. Mark will drive all this and make sure we deliver for the region.”
Mark added: “My new role allows me to combine my interest in renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure with my professional experience of delivering complex, challenging projects. Be.EV’s mission is my mission: to massively improve EV charging access in the region and build a community-led network that works.”
Be.EV is the largest EV charging network in Greater Manchester and expanding rapidly across the North, with new sites live or in development in Merseyside, Cumbria, West Yorkshire, Derbyshire and beyond. The team is actively looking for sites both on public and private land. Terms are flexible and EV charging solutions are fully funded, including power upgrades and back office. More here
EVENT: Be.EV members meet our architect
Be.EV members and partners joined us at the National Football Museum last night to get a sneak preview of the EV charging hub designs we've been working on with our architect Ed Lipton.
At Be.EV, we're on a mission to use the EV charging roll-out to transform neighbourhoods and reinvent forecourts, creating green and attractive community spaces. That's why our hub designs include trees, grass areas and planters with native wildflowers.
Ed ran us through the design evolutions for our mini and large ultra-rapid hubs and shared the modular building blocks that will become the design standard for EV charging in the North. Afterwards, our CEO Asif and COO Adrian took the opportunity to give an update on the network and hear from members about their charging experience.
And to sow the seeds of a greener North, we sent attendees home with packs of wildflower seed mix.
Here are a few first impressions from the night:
2000 green investors are supporting the next phase of our network: fundraise closes at over £4m
Be.EV’s second funding round with ethical investment platform Abundance closed last week, raising £4.11m from 2069 investors. Abundance allows individuals to invest for as little as £5 in companies and projects that make a positive difference. Be.EV’s first round using the platform raised an initial £4m in April 2021.
The money will be used to grow the Be.EV network by getting more operational EV chargers in the ground. The Be.EV team has developed a strong pipeline of new sites in the North of England and beyond, including major projects with local authorities, NHS trusts and private businesses.
Be.EV CEO Asif Ghafoor said: “We’re delighted to have the backing of over 2000 Abundance investors in this fundraise. We want people to feel connected to their infrastructure – enabling them to invest in it is a great way of achieving that. We will now crack on building out our network to accelerate the uptake of EVs and transform neighbourhoods across the North.”
For more information on Abundance visit: https://www.abundanceinvestment.com
To find out more about working with Be.EV, visit: https://be-ev.co.uk/what-we-offer/
Be.EV team wins first international award
The team behind Be.EV is making waves beyond the UK, winning its first international award last week.
Be.EV was awarded Transport Project of the Year in the Partnerships Awards for its work with Transport for Greater Manchester to expand EV charging provision across GM’s ten local authorities, pipping projects from around the world to the post.
The judges highlighted the project’s role in developing a partnership and project finance model for public EV charging that makes it a trailblazer for future projects in this space.
The award was presented to the wider project team, which includes DLA Piper, Abundance Investments, TfGM, and Swarco.
Asif Ghafoor, CEO of Be.EV said: “It’s incredible to win an international award for a project that is very much rooted in the local communities of Greater Manchester. But it is a proud example of effective partnership working across the public and private sectors. Together we’ve shown that infrastructure can be done differently and can be done better. A big thanks to the whole team!”
Here is the team at the awards night at the Hilton on Park Lane in London last Thursday:
For more on how we work with the public and private sectors to accelerate the transition to EV, take a look at our offering here: https://be-ev.co.uk/what-we-offer/
Be.EV Set for growth with three senior hires
04 May 2022
Be.EV has made three senior hires as it expands its network across the whole of the North, looking to add 5,000 chargers and 66 charging hubs in the next three years.
Tom Sherratt is Be.EV’s new Head of Legal & Corporate Finance. He joins from Amey plc and brings with him a decade of experience in infrastructure. At Be.EV, he will look after all legal aspects of the business, from leases and supply chain to working with financial advisors and investors.
Caroline Eccles joins as Sales Lead to drive engagement with landowners and businesses across the public and private sector. She joins Be.EV following a long career in sales and account management in retail, working on major consumer brands.
Rachel Bishop joins Be.EV as Head of Marketing. She ran her own marketing consultancy for five years, having started her career agency side at WAA Chosen, followed by a long stint in-house at Bentley. At Be.EV, she will drive the development of the Be.EV brand and engage members, business, partners and local communities.
Asif Ghafoor, CEO of Be.EV, commented: “We’ve got a huge pipeline of sites under development and are set to transform EV charging provision across the North. Tom, Caroline and Rachel are joining at a time of lift-off for the business. They’ll be putting their experience and passion to work as we grow both our network and the team that will deliver and look after it for our members. We’re building EV charging infrastructure in a different, community-driven, distinctly northern way. And we’re doing it fast. All hands on deck!”
Be.EV is the largest EV charging network in Greater Manchester and expanding rapidly across the North, with new sites live or in development in Merseyside, Cumbria, West Yorkshire, Derbyshire and beyond. The team is actively looking for sites both on public and private land. Terms are flexible and EV charging solutions are fully funded, including power upgrades and back office. More here.
Cheadle Mosque powers up major redevelopment plans with Be.EV
11 April 2022
The team behind a £5 million redevelopment scheme at Cheadle Mosque has announced plans for an electric vehicle charging hub.
The Mosque based in Heald Green, Stockport, is being transformed by the Cheadle Muslim Association (CMA) into a purpose-built building to cater for the growing community.
The ambitious redevelopment which will provide a spiritual hub for the Muslim community will also expand on the Mosque's growing educational, charitable and cohesion activities. The Mosque's activities span intergenerational and caters for those of other or no faith; it is regarded as a beacon of community activism.
Farooq Rafiq, a trustee at CMA, said: “As a popular community hub and mosque we welcome hundreds of people from across Greater Manchester each week. The original building, formerly St Columbus Church, has served the local community very well for a number of years, but we’ve outgrown it.
“We have worshippers spilling out into the car park because there isn’t enough room, and our classrooms are far from suitable to give the best teaching experience. The new purpose-built centre will change all that. We will have an expanded car park to serve the new building.”
Mr Rafiq added: “As our community grows we recognise that many will have electric vehicles and we want to make sure they can charge their vehicles while using the centre.
“We chose to work with Be.EV as they provided a competitive arrangement on a network widely recognised with drivers in the area. Above all, they recognised our commitment to do the best to protect the environment and we are confident their solution will deliver this, including continuity of service by taking care of ongoing maintenance.”
Asif Ghafoor, CEO of Be.EV, said: “We’re delighted to be working with CMA to deliver an electric charging hub at the new Masjid.
“We’re committed to providing EV charging where our communities need and want them, to build an ever-denser regional network that makes it easy for people to go electric. We help local groups and communities like the CMA to offer reliable, easy-to-use charging facilities that are part of our fast-growing network in the region.
“We urge more organisations to come forward and let us help them make EV charging accessible to their members, customers or local communities.”
Be.EV is the largest public EV charging network in Greater Manchester and is expanding at pace across the North of England. Own, rent or know of a suitable site? Contact us to let us know or find out more here.
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