UK: Allstar launch EV charging payment card for fleets
Allstar Business Solutions, a provider of fuel cards in the UK, has agreed on a new partnership with Gronn Kontakt, an EV charging company owned by Statkraft. The deal means that Allstar has added a further 110 charge points to the network and coincides with the launch of a new EV charge payment card.
Statkraft, a hydropower company, owned by the Norwegian state, claims to be the largest provider of renewable energy in Europe. Their Gronn Kontakt business manages their EV charging division and is active in Norway, Germany, Sweden, Ireland and the UK.
Cue in Allstar which now guarantees access to Gronn’s 47 charging sites across the UK. The new deal added 110 charging points to a network that covers more than 1,500 locations and over 3,700 charging points in Britain, according to Allstar.
Anthony Hinde, managing director at Gronn Kontakt, said: “We are pleased to work with Allstar to provide their users with the opportunity to seamlessly charge on our growing network.”
The news of adding this eighth network follows Allstar’s launch of its dedicated EV charging payment solution. Their Allstar One Electric payment card, they say, was conceived “in answer to direct calls from fleet managers who want to move to a combination of all fuel types on one fuel card.” It also includes paying for hydrogen.
The company says their new solution is also in response to a “significant drive from UK businesses” to make their fleets greener. Internal research suggests that 30% of customers already have electric vehicles in place with a further 65% of businesses planning to add EVs over the next three years. The company’s findings also coincide with a recent report by Ernest&Young we have covered that sees greet potential in fleet electrification across Europe.
Allstar says their fuel cards are accepted at more than 90% of fuel sites across the UK with an excess of 1.1 million cards in circulation across 38,000 businesses. The network encompasses around 7,700 sites nationwide. It remains to be seen how many will sign up for the new Allstar One Electric payment card.
The card currently allows access to a multi-brand network of over 3,700 charging points across 1,500 locations. Apart from Gronn Kontakt, Allstar have included GeniePoint, Source London, Alfa Power, ESB, Hubsta, Franklin LiFe, and Osprey.