GRIDSERVE has signed a new partnership with Allstar Business Solutions, meaning its EV charging card can now be used as a third-party payment method at Electric Highway chargers.
The partnership makes the Allstar One Electric car the first fleet card to be accepted across the Electric Highway, including GRIDSERVE’s High Power Electric Super Hubs, Medium Power Electric Hubs and Electric Forecourts in Braintree and Norwich.
Over the past year, GRIDSERVE has been particularly focused on delivering additional High Power Electric Super Hubs, which include at least one extra-wide accessible charging bay for every six EV charging spaces, while all three connection types (CCS, CHAdeMO and Type 2 for AC) are available across the network.
“Allstar is really excited to have added GRIDSERVE Electric Highway to its network, which demonstrates our commitment to adding high quality and importantly high-speed networks for our fleet customers,” said Tom Rowlands, managing director of Global EV Solutions at Allstar Business Solutions.
Ahead of this latest partnership, Allstar Business Solutions had 5,700 public charging stations across the UK, from providers including Alfa Power, Allego, ESB Energy, Hubsta, LiFe, GeniePoint, Mer, Osprey, Plug-N-Go and Source London.
Partnering with GRIDSERVE further expands this, boosting the number of chargers available to Allstar One Electric card holders. Additionally, the company signed a partnership working with smart-home charging app ev.energy in May, allowing the latter to move into the public charging space and take advantage of Allstar’s network of chargers.
“The widespread transition to electric vehicles, powered by sustainable energy, is a key part of what’s needed,” commented Toddington Harper, founder and CEO of GRIDSERVE.
“We are committed to building an awesome UK-wide charging network, enabling anyone, anywhere, in any type of EV to take on any journey and have a great customer experience. We look forward to working with Allstar to deliver a fantastic EV charging experience for fleet drivers.”
The Electric Highway network was launched in 2011 by Ecotricity and has been upgraded over the past decade. Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity, lauded the network as having “kickstarted” the electric car revolution.
It now covers 85% of the UK’s motorway service areas and, since the group fully acquired the network from Ecotricity in June 2021, the number of charging sessions has tripled while the energy supply has quadrupled.