ChargePoint Services is continuing its work on installing a UK-wide rapid charging network at petrol station forecourts, with an initial target of 60 expected by the end of Q1 2018.
The ChargePoint network is being established through a partnership with Motor Fuel Group (MFG), who have more than 400 petrol stations in the UK operating under the BP, Shell, JET and Murco brands. The overall aim is to have in excess of 200 50kW rapid chargers at MFG forecourts by the end of this year.
14 triple-connector charge points are already installed, with a further 20 in January and 25 in February, and all locations are a part of ChargePoint Services’ GeniePoint Network, ensuring 24-hour monitoring for minimal downtime.
Alex Bamberg, Managing Director of ChargePoint Services, said, “Our GeniePoint Network is the fastest growing reliable Rapid Charger network in the UK. From commuters to taxi-drivers, fleet operators and independent owners, at key forecourt locations ChargePoint Services & MFG are providing a new critical service supporting the change to electric transport for government initiatives, manufacturer product direction and consumer demand.”
Jeremy Clarke, MFG’s Chief Operating Officer, said, “Our forecourt development programme includes the installation of some 200 EV charging points by the end of 2018. The programme is now building up momentum and we look forward to giving our customers increased access to this important new fuel.”
Initiatives include Ecotricity’s ‘Electric Highway’ which is seeing increased demand due to the simple charge point locator on their dedicated app which shows you a live feed of the entire network. So you can see the location and availability of each pump, and better plan your journey using electric.
The app also lets you track the progress of your charging session, so you can see when your vehicle is fully charged just by looking at your phone.