Groupe PSA has named Pod Point as its exclusive charge point supplier for its business in the UK. Electric cars from Peugeot, Vauxhall, DS Automobile, and Citroën will be offered alongside chargers from Pod Point following the signing of a two-year deal.
As one of the UK’s largest charging station provider, Pod Point makes good sense for PSA. The company is aggressively shifting towards a more electrified vehicle lineup, which they say will have an electric or hybrid offshoot for each vehicle model from 2020 onwards. By 2025, every model sold by Groupe PSA will have an electrified version, including LCVs.
The two companies share some history, as Pod Point was selected as the preferred charge point supplier for Peugeot and Citroën back in 2016. The new deal now reflects the brand’s next EV releases slated for early 2020, which will include the Peugeot e-208, the Vauxhall Corsa-e, and the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense.
PSA’s EV sales strategy also relies on sufficient electric infrastructure being available. The UK has announced several measures to electrify public transport, as well as initiatives to lure more ICE drivers to a more environmentally friendly mode of transport. However, this partnership makes things easier on a smaller scale for customers. As Helen Lees, PSA UK’s head of EVs and connected services states: “Mobilising our customers is a key element of our strategy, so we want to make it easy for our customers to access charging solutions tailored to their needs.”
In the current deal with Pod Point, PSA will offer the first 500 retail customers for the Peugeot e-208 and DS 3 Crossback E-Tense a free home charger with standard installation and a five-year warranty. Additionally, all orders made in 2019 for the Vauxhall Corsa-e will receive the same home charger and warranty offering.
The deal further includes PSA’s leasing arm, Free2Move Lease, thus supporting fleet customers. Pod Point is authorised by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to install charge points under the Workplace Charging Scheme and the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme in the UK.
Additional reporting by Nora Manthey.