ENGIE is to install and operate at least 88 free electric vehicle rapid charging points in northern England.

Each charging point in West Yorkshire will have two charging bays: one specifically for taxis and private hire vehicles and the other for all other users.

Typically, the charging points will provide a full charge to an electric vehicle in around 20 to 30 minutes and will be free to use until late October 2021.

ENGIE will own and operate the charge points for at least 10 years. Work will soon get underway to identify suitable locations and installation will start next year.

Wilfrid Petrie, chief executive of ENGIE UK and Ireland, said he believed the new charge pointswill help encourage more people to choose a low emission vehicle”.

Cllr Kim Groves, chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee, confirmed that the charging points “is designed to encourage the transfer to electric vehicles”.

“Making half the bays exclusively for the use of taxis and private hire vehicles could result in up to 500 diesel taxis and private hire vehicles being converted to hybrid and pure electric versions by 2020, which would reduce nitrogen dioxide emissions from taxis by as much as 18 per cent.” 

Petrie added that the provision of green mobility solutions “is part of ENGIE’s wider strategy to combine our capabilities to assist local authorities and other public sector customers with placemaking, working alongside them to shape the future use of their estates and public spaces.

“We have seen real success and tangible improvements in carbon reduction in cities where we have managed green mobility solutions and we are looking forward to seeing this being replicated across West Yorkshire.”

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