Swarco eVolt has announced the first order from EV charging network Engenie for 150kW ultra-rapid charging points intended for their expanding UK network. Scottish charging network supplier Forev has also signed a deal for Swarco technology and service.
Swarco’s new order from Engenie follows the supply partnership deal signed last year between the two parties for 500 of Swarco eVolt’s Raption 50kW units. Since then, Engenie has secured additional investment to broaden its charging network further, with its aim of installing 2,000 rapid charging points across the UK by 2024.
Ian Johnston, CEO of Engenie, said “The first 100 are already being installed at Marston’s pubs, M7 retail parks and into Cardiff City centre over the course of this year,” he explained, “and the new 150kW charging points will help us build our network of reliable and user-friendly technology to support drivers across the UK.”
Swarco eVolt has also agreed on a new programme with Forev, the Scottish-based EV charging infrastructure provider, to provide the technology and service support for Forev in building a network of fast/rapid EV chargers throughout Scotland.
Forev is an Edinburgh-based startup, led by CEO and founder Lindsay Wallace. The Scottish company will only use 100% accredited clean energy. Lindsay says that installing fast chargers on busy public sites is essential when more than 45% of the population in Scotland do not have access to home charging: “To deliver a viable charging infrastructure, we needed to find a technology partner with a broad range of charging points to meet different vehicle needs and whose hardware is already proven,” he explained.
The Swarco 150kW Raption charger can simultaneously charge two vehicles, featuring a power cabinet and a separate slimline kiosk with either one or two DC connectors. Swarco eVolt is enjoying increasing interest from network, fleet and transport operators requiring ultra-rapid charging units to meet the needs of new-generation EVs, which of course not only means electric cars, but also commercial vehicles, electric trucks and buses.
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