In this round-up of electric vehicle news, Engenie targets Cardiff for the installation of rapid chargers and two companies join the EV100 initiative to install new charging infrastructure.
Engenie doubles Cardiff rapid chargers with new installs
Engenie is to install 12 rapid EV charging stations in Cardiff, doubling the number available in the city.
The chargers are to be installed in partnership with Cardiff Council in a move designed to improve local air quality, meet climate targets and boost revenue.
They will be located at ‘key routes’ in the city centre, with planning in place for two chargers on Bute Crescent and two on Howard Place.
The scheme may potentially be extended to more locations with the support of Western Power Distribution, with Cardiff Council monitoring the chargers over the next 3 - 6 months.
Patrick Sherriff, business development director at Engenie, said: “Cardiff Council is embracing the EV revolution and putting drivers at its heart by installing some of the most user-friendly rapid charging points available today.”
Ubitricity appoints new managing director to lead expansion
Ubitricity has appointed a new managing director, Daniel Bentham, to lead its future expansion.
Bentham was previously head of R&D and smart customers at EDF Energy, responsible for the research and development of technologies such as smart grids, low carbon transport and energy storage.
Bentham said he was looking forward to joining ubitricity’s management team having always been passionate about the low carbon transition.
“The electric vehicle charge points and smart energy platforms being deployed by ubitricity are critical to the mass adoption of electric vehicles, which is a major step in achieving the low carbon transition and delivering on the UK’s commitment to Net Zero by 2050.”
Lex Hartman, chairman of the board at Ubitricity, said Bentham will contribute to moving ubitricity’s “ambitious” plans for growth in the UK forward.
APCOA Parking and intu join EV100, commit to new charging infrastructure
Car park management company APCOA Parking Group and shopping centre owner intu have joined The Climate Group’s EV100 initiative.
The two companies have committed to installing EV chargers throughout the 2020s.
Over 80 new charge points are to be installed across intu’s UK locations by 2020. The company already boasts more than 26,000 chargers across its entire network and plans to transition its fleet to EVs by 2030.
Matthew Roberts, chief executive of intu, said the installation of more chargers will give more customers the opportunity to charge and will improve local air quality by promoting sustainable transport.
APCOA Parking will install charging infrastructure and switch its fleet of mopeds, cars, vans and buses to electric by 2030. It will start electrification in the UK and Ireland before moving to all other countries it operates in, with the company already incentivising staff to make the switch to EVs.
Kim Challis, regional MD at APCOA Parking, said: “We believe it is our responsibility to develop our company and the services we provide to our clients in a responsible and sustainable way.”