ESB Energy has opened a multi-charging hub in Birmingham, the first of a wider rollout that will see 394 chargers installed.
The flagship site includes four 50kW multi connector chargers and two 22kW chargers, with the remainder of the near four hundred fast and rapid chargers to be installed over the next 24 months.
Funding from the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles was secured by Birmingham City Council last year to rollout 100% renewable energy electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints across the city.
The council is currently aiming to have over 9,000 chargepoints installed in Birmingham by 2030, having identified EV charging as a key priority action in its Route to Zero Action Plan, which was published last year.
The chargers in this new rollout with ESB Energy will be accessible to all, although the initial focus is to be on the city’s taxi fleet. ESB Energy is offering charging at the chargers for free for a limited time before pay for use is launched in the coming months.
John Byrne, head of EV solutions at ESB Energy said: "Having worked with Transport for London and Coventry City Council, we know the huge benefit that EV infrastructure plays in helping build a sustainable future for cities."
Earlier this year, ESB Energy became the second chargepoint operator to sign up to Zap-Map's Zap-Pay service, which is designed to make paying for charging simpler by allowing drivers to use a single app to pay across different networks.