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Proposals unveiled for a new network of 2,500 EV chargers

Image: Drive Energi.

Image: Drive Energi.

A new charge point operator, Drive Energi, is pledging to install 2,500 chargers in the UK by 2025.

Each site on the proposed network is to have two 50kW Tritium Veefil-RT chargers and a number of 22kW chargers, according to plans put forward by Drive Energi yesterday.

Drive Energi is planning on having 100 chargers installed by the end of the year and between 300 and 500 by the end of 2020.

Tritium would provide 24 hour support to the network, which Drive Energi said will be a mix of public and private charging.

Drive Energi has been in development for the last 12 months by Box Energi, which also provides energy storage and computing services, CEO James Moat said.

Moat claimed the company has 5,000 locations secured in the UK which have been undergoing assessment and said it chose Tritium’s chargers as they are “reliable, robust and trustworthy”.

“These chargers are not only the fastest and most advanced in their class, but incredibly easy to use and, with the world’s smallest physical footprint, to deploy as well – particularly in our cities and high-density areas where space is increasingly limited.”

Drive Energi isn’t the only company with its sights set on rapidly expanding the UK’s chargers. Engenie revealed plans to double the number of UK rapid chargers by installing over 2,000 by 2024 after racking up a series of partnerships this year, including with Marstons Inns and Taverns and Cardiff Council.

Kevin Pugh, business development manager for the UK and Republic of Ireland at Tritium, said schemes like the Ultra Low Emission Zone in London are making the need for smart and accessible charging infrastructure “critical”.

“The sheer scope of the proposed Drive Energi network means that people will easily be able to find a charger, no matter where they are and no matter when they need it.”

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