Saint-Gobain to install 4,500 Rolec charge points
Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland – one of the UK’s largest manufacturers and distributors of building solutions – has signed a partnership with the charging manufacturer Rolec to support the delivery of a network of 1,000 charge points across Saint-Gobain’s sites, offices and retail branches over the next 5 years.
The agreement comes on top of Saint-Gobain’s recent commitment to move all of its 3,200 company cars to fully electric by the end of 2023 (or hybrid if only absolutely essential as a stepping stone to electric).
The 1,000 charging point network is even in addition to the commitment that Saint-Gobain has made to install an electric car charging point fitted at 3,200 company car drivers’ homes where they are able to accommodate a charging point. These will also be provided by Rolec.
The charge points will be installed on-site with brands such as Jewson, British Gypsum, Gibbs & Dandy, Minster and, of course, all Saint-Gobain office locations. The British building supplier says all of their UK & Ireland brands will benefit from chargers being installed. In the first rollout, 500 of the 1,000 locations will be at Jewson branches. The companies say that the roll-out of the new network is already underway. The plan is to install 750 charge points each year for the next 5 years.
For the management of Rolec’s charger system, Saint-Gobain will also be the company’s VendElectric. This will allow the business to control and manage the charging network, assess usage and provide colleagues and visitors with information on real-time charger availability.
Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland CEO Mike Chaldecott says: “Having an extensive charging network, for colleagues and visitors, is essential to making the rapid transition to electric cars as easy as possible for people.” He explained that from the end of 2023, the company wants to have their colleagues travelling in a company vehicle or on company business to do so with an electric vehicle. He says that “Over the next five years, with the help of this new partnership we’ll be installing 4,500 charging locations countrywide – 1,000 of them on our sites for colleagues and visitors. Taking action like this will help us make the change happen as quickly as possible and we’re very pleased with this small but important step to help make the world a better home.”