Forev announces plans for EV charger network

Scottish electric vehicle charging infrastructure start-up Forev has announced that it is developing a large EV rapid charger network.

The company is aiming to roll out 1,000 charge points across Scotland over the next five years at key destination sites. The first 50 chargers are currently being put into the ground and Forev plans to have them connected to the grid before the end of the year.

Chargers will be placed not only in urban areas but in rural spaces too, and the company has just concluded an exclusive deal with Scottish Golf to place EV chargers at the 540 golf clubs and golf courses that the governing body oversees.

“A good majority of the charging stations will be placed in locations where the general public and tourists can use the chargers easily,” Lindsay Wallace, CEO of Forev commented to inspiratia.

In order to supply the fledgling network with charging kit, Forev has signed a deal with the Austrian EV charger developer Swarco eVolt, which will also provide a back-office operating system and maintenance support.

“We picked Swarco eVolt because they are the biggest supplier of EV chargers to Scotland and they provide units to the Scottish government network, so they have a relay good track record, especially when it comes to reliability,” Wallace continued.

Venture capital

The pay-as-you-go chargers will be funded entirely with private money and Forev will own, operate and maintain the entire network.

Investors behind the project are a real mix and include high-net-worth individuals and a range venture capital companies.

The Scottish government has announced that they intend to phase out petrol powered cars before the end of 2032.

The devolved administration has invested £30 million (€27m US$33m) since 2011 in electric vehicle charging infrastructure and has overseen the installation of over 1,000 charge points.

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