UK: 50,000 EV chargers to be installed at schools and universities
EO Charging and eEnergy plan to create the UK’s largest public sector charging network
In the UK, charging infrastructure provider EO Charging and energy service provider eEnergy announce plans to install at least 50,000 charge points for electric vehicles at schools, colleges and universities by 2030. They want to start with 200 units this April, rising to 2,000 by the end of 2022.
The push comes on the heels of the British Government targeting installing 300,000 charge points by 2030. To achieve this goal, it is investing a total of 1.6 billion pounds.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, said: “The Government has rightly set ambitious net-zero targets, and electric vehicles will play a fundamental role. However, ensuring everyone has access to reliable charging, especially for those who cannot plug in at home, poses considerable challenges.”
For eEnergy, they expect to install up to 20 chargers per school or workplace. The company already provides clean energy services to more than 600 schools and 2,000 other workplaces across the UK. Now including EV charging in the portfolio, eEnergy points to “new revenue opportunities,” for educational institutions, by making the chargers available to local communities or providing charging in place of parking fees.
And there is a market with about 32,000 schools, colleges, and universities hosting more than 600,000 teachers, 225,000 staff and 2.66m students currently in higher education.
Charlie Jardine, founder and CEO of EO Charging, said: “Our partnership with eEnergy ensures critical net-zero infrastructure can be widely adopted by the public sector as well as businesses, making EVs accessible to more people throughout the UK.”
The agreement is exclusive. Details on the type of charge points or first partners and locations have not been disclosed.
EO Charging delivers smart charging hardware and software and is based in the UK. The company recently announced expansion into North America and is reportedly working on enabling Plug&Charge on AC chargers.
Founded in 2014, EO Charging has since won major clients such as Amazon, DHL, Go-Ahead, Tesco and Uber. The company is preparing to list on NASDAQ via SPAC deal, possibly in 2022.
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