Digital energy services company, eEnergy, has announced plans to install at least 50,000 electric vehicle (EV) chargers by 2030 as part of its commitment to create the UK’s largest public sector charging network.
eEnergy’s new service – eCharge – removes upfront costs and can be paired with clean energy procurement and energy saving solutions, including LED lighting upgrades, to enable schools, colleges, hospitals, and councils to protect themselves against rising energy bills.
eEnergy has recently signed an exclusive agreement with EO Charging to deliver mass EV charging for the UK education sector – the education sector represents a significant underserved market to help accelerate the UK’s transition to low carbon transport.
The first 200 installations with EO will be completed in April 2022 and at least 2,000 chargers will be installed within the first 12 months. eEnergy expects to sign additional partnership agreements this year as it accelerates its EV rollout plans.
By offering longer-term, fully serviced performance contracts, eCharge customers can install EV charging without upfront investment.
The service will also offer new revenue opportunities, with schools and other organisations able to monetise their EV charging facilities by making them available to local communities or providing charging in place of parking fees.
eEnergy’s workplace charging rollout is actively targeting education and other public sectors with the greatest need, ensuring staff, customers, students, and patients can all access the most reliable EV charging services.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO, eEnergy, said: “The government has rightly set ambitious net zero targets, and electric vehicles will play a fundamental role. However, ensuring everyone has access to reliable charging, especially for those who cannot plug in at home, poses considerable challenges. Like many employers, schools face a growing demand for EV chargers just as energy costs reach record highs. Our ambitious rollout will make life easier for teachers and other drivers by offering an affordable and accessible alternative.
“By pairing workplace chargers with energy-saving technologies and clean energy procurement, everything from lighting to commuting can be powered using 100% fossil-free energy, cutting energy costs, and creating new revenue opportunities for the public sector.”
Charlie Jardine, Founder and CEO, EO Charging, said: “Our partnership with eEnergy ensures critical net zero infrastructure can be widely adopted by the public sector as well as businesses, making EVs accessible to more people throughout the UK. Together we have built a compelling solution for those who are looking to install EV chargers as part of their broader net zero strategy.”
eCharge offers customers complete flexibility over the rate of charge and number of chargers on site, with 7 kW, 11 kW and 22 kW charging models available.
A typical charger can deliver up to 80% charge in three hours and is compatible with all electric vehicles on the market, helping to empower more staff to charge flexibly while at work.
eCharge will be led by Neil Campbell, who joins as Managing Director from his previous role as Managing Director at MoneyExpert, one of the UK’s leading price comparison sites.
eEnergy customer, Mark Greatrex, CEO at Bellevue Place Education Trust, said: “We are looking forward to working with eEnergy on the rollout of EV charging points across our schools. We want to support and encourage our employees and parents in the transition to EVs and believe the move away from petrol and diesel vehicles is crucial as we look to create a greener future for our pupils.”
eEnergy customer, David Goatman, Partner at Knight Frank, said: “As we decarbonise and move towards net zero on our own estate and the substantial property portfolios that we manage for our clients, I look forward to working with eEnergy to majorly expand our EV charging infrastructure via eCharge.”