Trafford Borough Council is based in Greater Manchester, close to Be.EV's HQ.
We were approached by Trafford Council to help devise a future-proof EV charging strategy that would evolve to support the needs of the entire community. The challenge was to think beyond just a few sites and build a sustainable network that was right for the borough.
Starting out, we had to get to grips with the wider Greater Manchester Transport and Clean Air Plan, ensure local residents were consulted, listened to and kept in the loop, and understand Trafford Council's specific strategic objectives, preferences and parameters. This included avoiding on-street charging due to the impact on traffic management and safety.
Taking a joint approach, we committed to delivering charging points where they were needed most, rather than simply targeting the borough's affluent areas - fulfilling the Council's ambition of ensuring that no resident is ever more than ten minutes' walk from a public charger.
Our end-to-end solution included:
- power upgrades
- ongoing operations
- the continuing maintenance of all charge points
We proposed a mix of more than 100 Fast, Rapid and Ultra-rapid chargers to suit all dwell types and meet the needs of different user groups in the area, with a strong focus on future-proofing.
The entire network will be funded by Be.EV, at no cost to the local authority.
Trafford Council signed the lease in early 2022 and we have already started on the second phase of the roll-out.
Deployment of our solution will continue to be a key part of Trafford's Clean Air Strategy and 2040 transport vision, incentivising residents to drive positive change to the environment.
Chris Morris, Director of Highways, Transport and Environment at Trafford Borough Council added:
"Be.EV is initiating a fit-for-purpose EV infrastructure rollout across Trafford. The team helped us from planning to signing, and we are pleased that we now have a solution we can build on, which will provide cleaner, greener communities across the borough."