With the ever-increasing popularity of electric vehicles, award winning office scheme Soapworks has taken the next steps to ensure the site is future-ready.

Working with Elmtronics, an independent supplier and installer of electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment, the Eve 7kW fast chargepoints will allow tenants and visitors to charge their fully electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, whilst using on-site amenities.

The EV chargepoints, connected to the Hubsta network, allow six vehicles to charge simultaneously and can be accessed via a fob or mobile app.

Jennifer Bamber from INNOV8 Property Solutions, which manages Soapworks, said: “We are constantly striving to offer the best facilities at Soapworks. We actively engage with all of our customers to ensure they have as much assistance as possible, enabling them to offer their workforce sustainable ways to travel.

“Soapworks hosts around 2500 people each day, so sustainable travel is essential for our customers. The addition of chargepoints has been incredibly well received on-site and we look forward to welcoming more electric vehicles.

“When researching chargepoints, we looked at a lot of different operators but we really struggled to find advice and a suitable solution as a multi-tenant scheme. Elmtronics couldn’t have been more helpful and offered the best solution to help us manage the chargepoints. The installation, and customer journey, couldn’t have been better.”

Soapworks allows organisations to promote and encourage a healthy business environment and the site’s location enables an active lifestyle, with cycle routes, pedestrian links and the waterfront, an integral part of the development.

Simon Tate, head of sales at Elmtronics, said: “We are delighted to work with Soapworks, providing them with the right education and support to overcome the challenges they were faced, with planning their electric vehicle charging infrastructure. We will continue to support Soapworks to achieve a sustainable future for travel in and around Manchester”.

Launched in January 2019, the intelligent Hubsta network connects to over 55,000 chargepoints worldwide.

The network has enabled over 50,000 charging logs with a saving of 50 tonnes of CO2. This saving alone could be equivalent to an average car being driven for 80.94 days non-stop.

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Andy Mann
After 34 years working in numerous operational and communications disciplines for three FTSE companies (Yorkshire Electricity; Meggitt and BAE Systems), at over a dozen locations, on 24 November 2016, I became the inaugural editor of Business Manchester. Business Manchester is a good news, Manchester focused, business website and daily newsletter. Over the years, I have written hundreds of press releases, features for trade magazines, copy for websites and brochures, edited in-house magazines and newsletters, as well as presenting a radio programme on Chorley FM. This experience has given me the ideal background for editing Business Manchester.