FAQs for Taxis

Our Taxi Membership Scheme – Frequently Asked Questions

What’s happening?

We have launched our Be.EV Taxi Membership Scheme giving GM-licenced taxi drivers (hackney or private) access to a planned network of dedicated charge points. We want to make charging easier, and encourage more taxi drivers to switch to greener and more sustainable vehicles for a healthier and happier city region.

Taxi members will also benefit from a discount on the standard Be.EV member rapid charger tariff when using a taxi-only charger.

The current rate of charge on the Taxi Membership is 49p per kWh, which is up from the previous rate of 25p per kWh.

Why are you increasing the tariff?

The increase of the tariff is due to rising energy costs, which are impacting on our ability to run the network without a large public subsidy.

We have agreed with TfGM an additional discount to registered Taxi members for use on the planned roll out of taxi dedicated chargers.

When will the new Tariff be introduced?

The new tariff came into effect on Monday 23 May 2022 and the first charging point is now available (for MCC-licensed EV taxi drivers) at Hardman Street taxi rank in Spinningfields. We realise that we have lots of work to do to get more dedicated Taxi charge points in the ground and we have been working away with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and the Local Authorities to identify the right sites for development. 

What is the current tariff?

Taxi members will benefit from an additional discount on the standard Be.EV member rapid charger tariff when using a taxi-only charger:

Rapid:

  • £0.49 Taxi Membership Rate (only available at dedicated taxi charge points)
  • £0.59/kWh Pay As You Go (PAYG*) at all public charge points
  • £0.56/kWh Standard Be.EV Member Rate at all public charge points

Fast:

  • £0.49/kWh Pay As You Go (PAYG*) at all public charge points
  • £0.46/kWh Standard Be.EV Member Rate at all public charge points

* Pay As You Go rate applies when paying by contactless or webpay

All rates are inclusive of VAT at 20% following the HMRC ruling in May 2021.

Where will the new dedicated taxi charging points be located?

The first charging point is now available for MCC-licensed EV taxi drivers at Hardman Street taxi rank in Spinningfields, in Manchester city centre. The charging point has a 50kw DC rapid charger, an additional 15kw AC charger will be added in due course to allow two hackneys to charge. We plan to have all 60 fully operational by 2023. Once the sites have been finalised, details will be available on the TfGM Electric Travel EV charging projects pipeline page at electrictravel.tfgm.com/ev-charging-projects-pipeline.

Can I continue to use the other Be.EV charging points?

Yes, you can continue to use all the other Be.EV charge points on the network. The Be.EV Taxi membership discount however is only available at dedicated taxi charge points as we continue to work hard to increase the numbers of dedicated taxi charge points across Greater Manchester. Also, the usual member discounts still apply to all other chargers on the network.

I’m a taxi driver – what do I need to do to join?

You MUST be a GM-licensed taxi driver (hackney or private hire) to join. For more information on how to join the taxi membership scheme please keep checking our dedicated Taxi page where the exact details of how to join will be announced soon.

How long will the new tariff be valid for? Will it be reviewed/increased again?

The tariff will be reviewed again in July 2022 in collaboration with TfGM. We want to keep the tariff fair and affordable to ensure it encourages usage and uptake of electric vehicles.

How does the new tariff compare to other providers?

We have reviewed all competitors in the market and ensured that our tariffs are fair. We also offer members a discounted rate so if you’re not already a member please sign up here.

How can I pay?

Once registered as a Be.EV taxi member, you will be able to use your membership RFID card or app to charge your vehicle. Payment will be taken via Direct Debit from your bank using the payment details set up as part of the registration process. To start and finish your charging session, simply follow the instructions on your mobile screen and on the charge points.

Contactless payment is not available on taxi dedicated charge points to ensure only validated Greater Manchester-licensed taxi drivers (hackney or private hire) can use the charge points.

How do I get a statement or receipts for business purposes?

Statements are issued on a monthly basis once payment has been taken. This will be emailed to the email address you have used to register your Be.EV account. Please note that when logging into your account during the month the discount will not be visible as this is applied at the end of each month before payment is taken. At the end of the month, your monthly statement and the payment taken from your account will include the taxi membership discount.

Where can I find out more?

For more information on how to join the taxi membership scheme please keep checking our dedicated Taxi page where the exact details of how to join will be announced soon.

For more details on the dedicated Taxi chargers please visit EV charging projects pipeline | TfGM Electric Travel for more information.

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