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Be.EV targets new electric vehicle charging hubs in the Midlands

Electric vehicle charging network, Be.EV, has announced plans to create thousands of new electric vehicle (EV) charge points in the UK, of which a substantial investment is being made in the Midlands.

The national, community-first, EV charging business is looking for dwell sites, such as retail parks, pubs and car parks, as well as the acquisition of freehold and leasehold sites in the region’s largest cities, including Birmingham, Derby and Nottingham.

Backed by £110 million from Octopus Energy Generation, one of Europe’s largest renewable energy investors, Be.EV is on a mission to sustainably accelerate the UK’s EV revolution and improve communities by installing reliable chargers across the country.

Leading commercial property agent, FHP, has been appointed to source new sites in the Midlands. FHP director and head of Birmingham office, Doug Tweedie, said that the firm is considering a variety of easy-to-reach city centre and community locations, which will improve access to charging facilities for local people.

New EV charging sites will primarily be focused around retail parks, pubs and new forecourts which will range from 0.2 acres and upwards and will be powered by renewable energy from Octopus Energy.

Doug Tweedie said: “We know that mass EV uptake depends on the quality of the charging experience and at the moment, there simply aren’t enough reliable and accessible locations. Be.EV is well funded and has the UK’s fastest growing charging network, with an impressive operational availability rate of 99.6%. We’re thrilled to be working together to expand the community-centred public EV charging network in the Midlands and give more people the confidence to go electric.

“We are in discussions with commercial landlords and private landowners, some of whom were not previously aware that their sites could be redeveloped for EV charging purposes. There are many vacant sites in the region that people haven’t got the finance to develop or perhaps aren’t sure what to do with, such as petrol stations, supermarkets or drive thru outlets, which benefit from passing traffic.

“Aside from granting a lease, there is very little onus on the landowner, as Be.EV will ensure that each development is fully funded, managed and has access to power.”

Asif Ghafoor, CEO and co-founder of Be.EV, said: “We’re delighted to work with FHP and bring our state-of-the-art charging infrastructure to cities across the heart of England. FHP understands the value of providing reliable, high quality charging facilities in accessible, convenient locations and is now in the vanguard of the EV charging revolution.

“EV charging provides a great opportunity to increase footfall to sites and create new and sustained income streams for commercial landlords and landowners. With FHP, property owners from Birmingham to Nottingham can benefit from the UK’s EV transition whilst helping to reduce air pollution.

“We look forward to getting started and working together on future projects.”

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A CGI of Oasis in Manchester, Be.EV’s forecourt and community hub which will ‘rehabilitate’ a former contaminated petrol station site.

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FHP is a Midlands based commercial property consultancy with offices in Birmingham, Nottingham and Derby. Its 70 strong team offers a full range of professional and commercial property solutions for clients in the retail, leisure, office, industrial, residential, land and investment markets. The company also provides businesses with a full property consultancy service including valuations, rates appeals and compulsory purchase advice. It has a strong property management department that manages properties for individuals, corporate and institutions. FHP has been involved in some of the largest commercial property deals and developments within the region and works with national operators including Global Mutual, Abrdn and Clowes Developments (UK) Limited. FHP is also able to call upon the expertise of its sister residential property Company FHP Living Limited which handles the sales of select properties across Nottinghamshire and the surrounding areas from boutique offices in the Nottingham City Centre and West Bridgford. For more information, visit: Be.EV is a public electric vehicle (EV) charging provider that maintains the largest network of public EV chargers in Greater Manchester. Backed by £110 million from Octopus Energy Generation, one of Europe’s largest renewable energy investors, Be.EV is on a mission to sustainably accelerate the UK’s EV revolution and improve communities by installing reliable chargers across the country. They work closely with public and private sector organisations to make electric vehicle use accessible to local communities. With the help of data analytics, Be.EV puts the right chargers in the right places – and ensures they work, with the network boasting 99.6% operational availability since launch. The company’s membership scheme has 20,000 members who get preferential rates and can access chargers alongside pay-as-you-go users. Be.EV is working to install 1,000 further charge points across the North of England and beyond by 2024. For more information, visit:

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