Birmingham charges up electric cars

Birmingham’s first public charging points for electric cars have been unveiled at the city’s Bullring shopping centre.

The four charging points are the first of 36, which will be spread across Birmingham and Coventry as part of the CABLED project, a trial of 110 vehicles being tested by a range of users in the two cities.

CABLED consortium partners include companies Arup, Jaguar Land Rover and Mercedes Benz along with the universities of Birmingham and Coventry. Energy supplier E.ON is providing the charging infrastructure for the project’s electric vehicles.

During the trial, a total of 340 vehicles will be tested across the UK, with 110 of those based in Birmingham and Coventry.

The intention of the project is to find out how the cars are used – and when they need charging – to get a better idea of the driver’s experience of electrical vehicles.