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Greater Manchester Electric Vehicle Scheme

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General information

What does GMEV stand for?

GMEV stands for Greater Manchester Electric Vehicles, a programme led by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), dedicated to creating a simple EV charge point network and the promotion of sustainable mobility across Greater Manchester.

Where will GMEV Charge Points be located?

TfGM has worked with public and private partners to identify a range of locations for GMEV charge points across Greater Manchester, ensuring that the necessary public charging infrastructure coverage to support a significant uptake of EVs. An up to date map of current locations is available on ev.tfgm.com.

Why is Greater Manchester doing this?

There is a strong economic argument for creating the infrastructure for EVs. Electric vehicles will improve air quality and reduce noise and therefore create a better environment for residents and visitors to the region. The Greater Manchester Environment Commission, local authorities and private sector partners working on the scheme in Greater Manchester also believe that electric vehicles are the future and that a growth in greener transport and carbon reduction is necessary.

Aren't electric vehicles just a passing fad?

No. The GMEV network demonstrates a serious global commitment to cutting emissions. There is growing agreement, including amongst the vehicle manufacturing industry, that electric vehicle technology is the most "near to market" green technology with the potential for uptake in the short- to medium-term. Current efforts being made by manufacturers and all parties involved demonstrate that EV technology is something worth investing in and that they continue to make a long-term proposition for the future of road transport.

Doesn't it take a long time to charge up an electric vehicle?

How long it takes to charge an EV depends on the type of vehicle, how depleted the battery is and the type of charge point used. GMEV Charge Points are capable of charging your EV up in approximately three hours (32amp). Typically, pure electric vehicles using standard charging (13amp plug-in wall unit) will take between six and eight hours.

For most users, charging will be a case of "topping up" with few users exhausting a vehicle's battery completely. The average individual journey length in the UK is 8.6 miles and the average total daily distance travelled is 25 miles, well under the full range of most EVs.

Doesn't the production of electricity produce CO2 and other climate changing emissions?

CO2 produced by an EV is directly related to the how the electricity it uses is produced. Only electricity generated from renewable sources produces no CO2 emissions.

When comparing conventional petrol or diesel vehicles with EVs, it is important to look at "well-to-wheel" emissions over the life of the vehicle (including manufacture), not just those produced at the point of use. Taking into account the current mix of fuels used to generate the standard UK electricity supply, electric vehicles produce up to 40% less CO2 emissions than similar petrol or diesel vehicles.

As the proportion of renewable energy sources used to produce electricity for the UK standard supply increases, the amount of CO2 generated to power electric vehicles will fall.

EV owners who can charge at home could choose a green energy tariff from their energy supplier to further minimise the CO2 produced by their vehicle.

Charge point usage

How can I find a GMEV Charging Point?
A dynamic map showing available public charging points in the Greater Manchester area is available on the Charge Your Car mobile app and on our website. This map will automatically update as we install more charge points in the region!
How can I use a charging point?

GMEV Charging points are simple to use and pay-as-you-go. All you have to do is swipe your GMEV access card or use our mobile app to identify yourself as the user, and then connect your vehicle's power cable; wait for the charge point to show "Charging in Progress" in the status screen and you're done! Make sure your car is connected to your cable before plugging in to the charging point.

How long does it take to charge up?

How long it takes to charge an EV depends on the type of vehicle, how depleted the battery is and the type of charge point used. GMEV bays are capable of charging your EV up in approximately three hours (7kwh/32amp). Typically, pure electric vehicles using standard charging (3kwh/13amp plug-in wall unit) will take between six and eight hours.

For most users, charging will be a case of "topping up" with few users exhausting a vehicle's battery completely. The average total daily distance travelled, in a typical vehicle in the UK, is 25 miles, well under the full range of most EVs.

How do I stop charging?

It's just as easy to stop charging too. Just tap your card or use the mobile app to end the session, wait for the screen to show "Charging Completed", unplug and close the door.

Will a GMEV Charge Point work with my charging cable?

All GMEV public charge points are specified as Type 2 connectors. To use these points, you'll need the appropriate cable. All prospective EV buyers should specify this to their dealership prior to purchase.

Does GMEV provide charging units for my home?

Currently, the GMEV network only focuses on the development of the public charge points in Greater Manchester. However, you can find more information about home charging solutions on the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) website or from your vehicle manufacturer.

Access and payment

Who operates the GMEV Charge Point network?

The GMEV network is operated by Charge Your Car, also known as CYC, a leader in EV charge points. CYC manages the payments and access to the GMEV network on behalf of Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM).

What is a GMEV access card?

Your GMEV Card identifies you to the GMEV charging Network. It enables you to keep track of your energy usage and provides you access to any GMEV Charge Point.

How can I get a GMEV access card?

It's simple. Once you have registered with Charge Your Car via ev.tfgm.com or by calling 0191 26 50 500. You will receive your GMEV access card in the post in a few days.

How can I access a GMEV Charge Point?

There are three easy ways to access a charge point: using your GMEV access car, mobile app or pay-by-phone.

Do I have to be a member of GMEV to use a GMEV charge point?

No, GMEV charge points can be accessed in a number of ways. For those who have not registered, you can pay-by-phone when you arrive at a charge point by following the instructions located on the unit. We recommend registering with GMEV as it offers a number of benefits including use of our smartphone app to manage your account, energy tracking and member usage information.

Does my GMEV access card allow me to use other non-GMEV charge points?

Yes, your GMEV access card will allow you to use any Charge Your Car charging bay across the UK.

How do I pay for charging?

You can register on the GMEV website and make an annual payment of £20 and receive a GMEV Card which gives you access to GMEV charge points or simply use the pay-by-phone function when you arrive at a charge point.

How much does it cost to use a GMEV charge point?

The GMEV network is currently free to use. This policy is however subject to review at regular intervals. Any changes will be communicated via the website.

Many of the Car Parks offer free parking to Electric Vehicles while charging, however, in some case a parking fee is set by the car park operator. EV drivers should always confirm the parking payment requirements with the car park operator when using the facility.

Do I still have to pay for parking when I charge my EV?

In many instances, existing parking charges will still apply unless otherwise noted on the charge point sign. Please make sure you observe the parking regulations in the charging bay you intend to use.

Is there a minimum usage time for Pay-As-You-Go?

Yes, the minimum time when using a GMEV charge point is 1 hour. Users are charged at the start of each hour when they are charging.

Do you have a mobile app?

Yes, Charge Your Car has developed an app for smartphone users (iPhone/Android). You can download the app for free via iTunes or Google Play, just search for "Charge Your Car".

How will the Charge Your Car app work?

The Charge Your Car app will allow you to search for charge points, plan your route, start and end a charge, save your favourites and most recently used charge points, and pay for recharging.

What if I need help?

Simply call our 24 hour helpline on 0191 26 50 500. You can also report a fault online if you don't need immediate help.

Electric vehicles

What is a pure EV (Electric Vehicle)?

An EV can be a car, van, truck, motorcycle or scooter. It uses only electricity — no petrol or diesel. An electric motor running on batteries replaces the conventional engine. It doesn't have to refuel in a petrol station — instead you can charge the battery at home, work or at a public charge point.

What is a plug-in hybrid EV?

Plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and range-extended EVs (RE-EV) are vehicles with both a plug-in battery and a conventional petrol or diesel engine. Typical PHEVs and RE-EVs currently have a range of around 10 to 40 miles on the battery — sufficient to cover most urban journeys — after which the vehicle uses the conventional engine either in place of or to supplement the battery. PHEVs and RE-EVs can be charged at GMEV charging bays.

What about conventional hybrids?

Conventional hybrids don't require plugging in as they generally only use their electric motor to assist in start-stop conditions or for a very limited battery-only range and do not have the capability to charge up at GMEV charging bays.

Where can I buy one?

You can find a great range of vehicles online and in showrooms. Check out the current list of cars, vans, trucks and scooter models that are either on the market or expected to be available soon.

A number of manufacturers are offering long-term leasing options for the vehicle and/or battery. Some even include servicing and maintenance during the lease period.

How far can they go?

The average range — how far you can go before the battery runs out — of an EV is certainly enough to get you where you need to go in town.

As advised by the manufacturers, most electric cars currently available have a range of up to 100 miles. Most electric commercial vehicles have a range of 60-150 miles depending on the model and usage patterns. As battery technology improves, so will the range of vehicles.

What about vehicle maintenance?

It's just like buying a new petrol/diesel vehicle. The dealership that you buy it from will maintain the vehicle during its warranty period. The lack of complex parts and systems (no engine or complex gearbox) make EVs cheaper to look after too.

PHEVs and RE-EVs can also be maintained at most local establishments. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and vehicle manufacturers are worring the market are "M1" class passenger cars, which must meet all EU requirements for cars including international crash test standards. All PHEVs and RE-EVs are M1 class passenger cars and must meet all EU requirements.

Batteries have always been relatively safe and advances in battery cell technology and battery pack design have also improved battery safety in the event of a collision. Recent tests by Euro NCAP, an independent vehicle safety tesreceiving a 4-star safety rating. These tests are undertaken with live batteries and special attention is given to the integrity of the battery and functioning of the battery cut-off switch after the test crashes. Throughout the testing, Euro NCAP found no electrical or fire hazards. The 4-star rating also applies to the i-MiEV’s twin models, the Citroën C-Zero and Peugeot iOn, which have the same design and safety equipment. The N the PHEV and RE-EV models show that the Chevrolet Volt (Opel/Vauxhall Ampera) achieves a 5-star NCAP rating and the Toyota Prius PHEV also scoring a 5 star rating.

What are the benefits of owning an EV?

EVs do not pay road tax and ted by fluctuating fuel prices. In addition to this the lack of complex parts (no gearboxes or engine) can make EVs cheaper to look after.

I've never driven an EV before — what is it like to drive?

If you can drive a conventional car you will have no difficulty with an electric version, but there are few differences. Unlike a conventional engine, an electric motor works efficiently at a wide range of speeds, so an electric car does not need a gearbox.

What are the benefits for the environment?

Pure EVs do not emit any pollutants at the point of use so can play an important role in tackling poor air quality. The CO2 produced by an EV is directly related to how the electricity it uses is produced, but even using the current standard UK supply, a pure EV produces up to 40% less CO2 than a similar petrol or diesel vehicle. By driving petrol and diesel cars we personally contribute to climate change as well as emitting harmful pollutants that are damaging to health. Reduced traffic pollution will improve the health and quality of life of people who live in, work in and visit the Greater Manchester region, especially those suffering from respiratory or cardiovascular illnesses that restrict their daily activities.

How much do EVs cost?

As with petrol and diesel vehicles, electric vehicle pricing varies by manufacturer. Options include outright purchase, leasing and a combination of purchasing the vehicle and leasing the battery, which means less of an outlay upfront. Current mainstream EV list prices range from £13,650 plus around £70 per month battery hire) to £30,000. Currently most EVs are eligible for and OLEV grant of £5k for domestic and £7.5k for commercial vehicles.

Why are EVs so expensive?

In the short term yes EVs do cost more than their petrol counterparts, this is largely because the batteries used in EVs that are far more sophisticated than common lead-acid batteries and are therefore more expensive. The higher outlay of an EV should be weighed against its very low running costs (i.e. large savings in fuel and servicing costs and other financial incentives such as zero vehicle tax). When you consider the savings you can make in the long term however it’s clear that the EV is the cheaper alternative.

What are the different battery types and how does this affect my vehicle?

There are three types of rechargeable battery which are suitable for EV use. Those types are lead-acid batteries, nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries, and lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. More modern EVs use lithium ion powered batteries due to their light weight and low maintenance requirement.

Can I get insurance and breakdown cover?

Insurance and breakdown cover for EVs is provided by a number of the standard insurance and motoring organisations. There are also a number of insurance companies specialising in electric vehicle insurance.


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