Bruntwood is to trial the installation of electric vehicle charging points across its North West portfolio.
Partnering with Pilot Group, a Manchester-based technology company that makes EV charging points and other sustainable tech, the developer will roll out 12 smart EV charging points across Greater Manchester from this month as part of a one-year trial.
Further deployment across the North West will follow within the next two years.
Bruntwood said it had selected Pilot Group’s Plus+ charging points because of their “simple, easy-to-use system”.
The commercial floor mounted dual-socket chargers will be available to Bruntwood customers and the general public. Those using the charging points can pay with contact and contactless payments or with an e-wallet.
The project is a key part of the Greater Manchester Local Energy Market Project, which aims to make the use and distribution of energy across the region more sustainable in a step towards becoming carbon neutral by 2038.
Craig Morley, energy manager at Bruntwood, said that the property industry will be “central” to the push towards net zero and that EVs will be one of the key drivers of sustainability.
He added: “We’re also mindful of the need to constantly evolve on the sustainability front and not rest on our laurels. We’ll be continuing to work closely with GMCA on its Local Energy Market Project and our wider network over the coming years to ensure the return to work is green and we can make meaningful headway on our drive to become net zero carbon.”
Bruntwood and GMCA joined a two-year Innovate UK-funded project in July 2020 to show how Greater Manchester could generate, trade, transport, supply and use energy across the city region through an integrated system.
Neil Emmott, the GMCA lead for the Green City Region, said: “The rollout of electric vehicle chargers is a key component of our vision for Greater Manchester’s Local Energy Market, which will revolutionise how energy is used, stored and distributed across the city region.
“To meet our environmental ambitions and become carbon neutral by 2038, we need to move to a smarter energy system – one that supports low carbon infrastructure and powers our homes, businesses and vehicles in a more sustainable way. This announcement from Bruntwood is a great step towards that goal.”
Annie MacPherson, group managing director at Pilot Group, added: “The ability to charge cars at the workplace is a key enabler to the adoption of electric vehicles as towns, cities and businesses strive to reduce tailpipe emissions.
“We are proud to develop the infrastructure needed to support the transition to low carbon transport as Greater Manchester aims for carbon neutrality by 2038. By doing so, we aim to make the Greater Manchester region safer, smarter and more sustainable.”