Kempower to build 100 charge hubs at UK car dealerships


Kempower has partnered with Arnold Clark, a European car retailer, to provide rapid EV charging solutions for the company’s new network. Around 500 so-called Satellite charge points will be installed at 100 charging hubs across the UK.

Founded in the UK, Arnold Clark sells over 300,000 cars a year from nearly 200 dealerships nationwide. Looking at today’s announcement, every second of these stores will soon boost EV charging capacity and not just when shopping.

The company says its ‘Arnold Clark Charge’ network will be available on a 24/7 basis, with bookings to be made via its app. Larger branches will see Kempower install eight Satellites, which can charge up to 150 kW, with smaller dealerships featuring between two and six charging points. The Finnish charging infrastructure company will also deliver the Kempower ChargEye charging management software.

Commenting on the partnership, Tomi Ristimäki, CEO of Kempower, called the Arnold Clark Charge network a first of its kind in the UK. “Through this significant new investment, Arnold Clark will provide charging-as-a-service to its customers, who can see the latest line up of EVs at the dealership and use other services at the location.”

Eddie Hawthorne, Chief Executive and Group Managing Director of Arnold Clark stressed the unique selling point of these chargers as bookable, available at any time and secure. “Once all the charging hubs are installed and operational, we will become one of the largest independent ultra-rapid charging infrastructure suppliers in the UK, and will be an excellent milestone for our sustainability strategy.”

Kempower is becoming more visible in the UK. Osprey Charging also recently opted for the company’s fast-charging solutions at its newest hub in the South West of England.

Still, the Finnish company is active across Europe, for example, serving e-buses in Denmark or providing fast charging stations in Estonia for the petrol station network from Terminal Group. Further contracts came from NowaySweden, Romania and Australia.

In February 2023, it announced building a new plant in Durham County, North Carolina, USA, that shall start producing DC chargers for electric vehicles before the year’s end.


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