A firm offering flexible business space in Bury has rolled out fast electric vehicle (EV) charging points for its tenants.

BusinessLodge, which provides office space at Europa House on Barcroft Street, has introduced the facility as more people switch to EVs.

The introduction of the five EV charging points at the Bury site is the latest service the company provides, along with other facilities such as virtual offices, meeting rooms and conference suites.

Managing director at BusinessLodge, Kate Holt, said: “We wanted a comprehensive solution that would give us the option of multiple driver groups and charging rates.

“The ability to tailor our EV charging pricing to allow clients to benefit from reduced rates is important to us, and also using time-based pricing to encourage off-peak charging, in-line with government guidance.

Centre manager for BusinessLodge Bury, Lisa Kay, said: “We chose Charge-m8 after an extensive search as we were impressed with their proposal which included features we hadn’t considered and proved highly cost effective.

“From helping us with the OZEV grant application and holding on-site introduction and training meetings to explain the new system to our clients, Charge-m8 have made our introduction to EV Charging easy."

Bury Times: Beckie Powell, left, Emma Debono, centre, from BusinessLodge, and Julian Smith from Charge-m8Beckie Powell, left, Emma Debono, centre, from BusinessLodge, and Julian Smith from Charge-m8

BusinessLodge clients can use the new 22KW 3-Phase Charge-Points by downloading the free Charge-m8 APP or by scanning a QR code on the charger display.

“It’s really convenient for drivers with different options available to start a charging session” said Iain Hughes, chief technical officer at Charge-m8 who designed and oversaw the installation of the scheme.

“BusinessLodge also wanted to try to ensure a fair use policy was implemented to prevent drivers hogging a charging bay all day, so we built-in a charge for parking in the new EV bays which only starts after a period has elapsed, giving drivers plenty of time to recharge and move their vehicle to a non-EV bay.

"It’s one of a number of features on our system that we can introduce for our clients."

With the government widening the eligibility of EV grant schemes to include landlords (residential and commercial) and small hospitality operators like B&Bs, the demand for professional EV Charger installation continues to increase.

Julian Smith, Charge-m8 CEO, said: “As a vertically integrated charge-point manufacturer, installer and charge-point operator (CPO), with our own in-house fully qualified engineers, we can 100 per cent guarantee the quality of each and every installation as we do it ourselves.

“We offer a growing range of EV charging options for the home and workplace and as an OZEV (Office for Zero Emission Vehicles) approved installer for both domestic and workplace charge-point installations, we’re really focused on delivering affordable solutions for clients looking to make the first step into EV charging or expand their current charging provision.”

The BusinessLodge charging schemes feature five Charge-m8 Delta Three-Phase 22KW Charge-Points at each site with dedicated electrical infrastructure to support maximum capacity charging, along with bespoke EV charging-bay signage and floor markings.