Rapid EV charging scheme launches in West Yorkshire

Rapid EV charging scheme launches in West Yorkshire


EV drivers in Yorkshire have been given a boost as the first of 88 new rapid charge points has been made live in Bradford. The new units are part of a £3 million scheme to improve the county’s air quality.

The new point is in Vicar Lane, Bradford, and it will be joined by new units every week until the network is completed later this year. Each site will have two bays – one exclusively for taxis and private hire vehicles, while the other is for general EV charging use.

Backed by Office for Low Emisison Vehicles (OLEV) funding, the scheme sees the West Yorkshire Combined Authority work with its local partners – Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, and Wakefield councils.

Leeds-based Engie will install, own, and operate all the new charge points, which have 50 kW CCS and CHAdeMO tethered connectors, plus a 22 kW AC socket. All chargers once online are free to use until the end of October 2021. However, there are overstay fees that kick in after 75 minutes. Engie owns the GeniePoint network.