ChargePoint and Ei Group team up for charging deal
London-based EV charging developer ChargePoint Services (CPS) has joined forces with UK pub chain Ei Group to fit rapid electric vehicle chargers on their sites.
CPS, which owns and operates the pay-as-you-go GeniePoint EV charging network, will install five free-to-use chargers at Ei Group’s Pub Support Centre in Solihull for the use of the company’s field-based drivers.
GeniePoint chargers will then be installed in car parks at selected pub sites across the Ei business and the chargers will provide pay-as-you-go services to pub customers. The scheme represents just the first part of the plan, which will see chargers installed at the majority of the company’s 4,400 properties.
The deal is similar in nature to the agreement charging developer Engenie signed with another UK brewer, Marston‘s, last year (2018). The deal entailed the provision of 400 rapid chargers to 200 of the group’s 1,600 pubs.
The Ei Group deal is a continuation of ChargePoint’s focus on destination and workplace charging deals. Last month, the company signed a deal with UK supermarket chain Morrisons to install rapid EV chargers at its stores.
CPS agreed to install 500 100kW rapid chargers at the UK-wide sites, with the first stations due to be fitted by the end of May.
The first 100 units are expected to be in place and available to shoppers by the end of the year, with the rest due to be installed before the end of 2020.
To use the units EV drivers will need to sign up to the GeniePoint Network, which currently comprises 200 rapid chargers throughout the UK.
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