ENGIE provides free charging to taxi drivers to encourage switch to electric powered vehicles

5th May 2021

ENGIE and Bromsgrove District Council have announced the launch of a new EV network as part of a project to develop a robust public charging infrastructure across the district. Powered by ENGIE’s GeniePoint network, the new scheme will support Bromsgrove’s Ultra Low Emission Strategy, with the first rapid charger going live this week.

The scheme provides Bromsgrove-registered taxi drivers with the opportunity to charge their EVs free of charge for the first year. With further substantial discounts offered for the next 9 years, it is hoped the initiative will encourage more drivers to make the shift towards adopting EVs.

A total of 13 GeniePoint Network rapid chargers will be installed and commissioned by contractors BMM Energy Solutions at locations across the area, to provide convenient and reliable charging facilities to taxi drivers who have switched to electric powered vehicles. Additionally, the GeniePoint network of chargers will be available for public use, and offer support to other businesses making the change to cleaner fueled vehicles.

Jerry Moloney, Managing Director for ENGIE’s Futures business, said: “The rollout of Bromsgrove District Council’s GeniePoint network is an exciting step towards improving EV infrastructure in the locality, and with considerable discounts offered to Bromsgrove-registered taxi drivers we hope it will encourage a great number of drivers to make the switch to EV.

“Local authorities play a key role in supporting the uptake of electric vehicles by both individuals and businesses through the provision of publicly-available infrastructure, and we’re pleased to be working with Bromsgrove District Council in this latest rollout as we work towards supporting the UK’s wider commitment to become net zero by 2050.”

The GeniePoint Network chargers will provide 100% renewable energy and will offer the latest in EV charging technology. The facilities provide drivers with the choice of contactless charging for fast ‘stop and charge’ access via credit or debit card, or access via the GeniePoint app for those looking for the benefits of a free to join membership with full account facilities. 

Judith Willis, Head of Service covering Bromsgrove District Council’s Climate Change processes said: “I am very proud of the hard work which has been done by our officers and our partners at Engie and BMM Energy Solutions to ensure that, even during the pandemic, the new chargers will soon be in full use for both EV car owners and taxi drivers.

“The new installations mean you’ll never be too far away from a charger should you need it. The project is a huge step forward in developing and implementing clean transport options for our residents and providing EV users from neighbouring areas and elsewhere in the UK the opportunity to stop or visit Bromsgrove on their travels.”

The new rollout of EV chargers in the area comes as a result of Bromsgrove District Council being awarded funding for the provision of EV charging under the Governments’ Ultra Low Emission Taxi Infrastructure Scheme, with the first location to see a charge point installed and live being Bromsgrove’s Windsor Street Car Park. Funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) with ENGIE support, it has enabled Bromsgrove District Council to work with land owners in the area to identify and secure the most suitable sites based on regularity and traffic levels.