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Drive Energi unveils plans for three-year EV charging rollout in Greene King partnership

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Image: Drive Energi.

A three-year rollout of electric vehicle (EV) chargers at sites owned by pub retailer Greene King has been unveiled.

EV chargepoint operator Drive Energi has entered into a partnership with the company, which is set to extend through to 2040. Drive Energi will build, own and operate the rapid charging network, with the first locations to go live across the north west before the end of this year.

The initial deployment is to focus on the north west, with the wider rollout to take place in phases across the UK over the next three years.

James Moat, CEO of Drive Energi, said the company is “committed to the rollout of accessible public charging across the UK”, with plans for over 300 Drive Energi locations by the end of 2021.

The EV firm signed a deal with chargepoint manufacturer Tritium last year for its 50kW Veefil-RT chargers, pledging to install 2,500 chargers – including the 50kW chargepoints alongside 22kW chargers – by 2025.

The Greene King rollout is to see Tritium’s 50kW chargepoints installed across Greene King’s property portfolio, including its Framhouse Inns, Chef and Brewer and Hungry Horse brands. The chargers will be powered by renewable electricity and available to use via a Pay as You Go tariff, with contactless payment enabled.

Tony Hodgson, head of estates at Greene King, said the company has been “working hard” to develop its sustainability plans and as part of this, wants to support its customers by offering EV charging in the pubs that “are able to do so”.

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