Osprey is set to add more than 250 new Tritium fast chargers to its electric vehicle (EV) charging network in the UK.
The United Kingdom (UK) is expected to require at least 280,000 to 480,000 public charging points by 2030 – equivalent to almost five times the number of fuel pumps on our roads today – according to a recent study by the Competition and Markets Authority into the UK’s electric vehicle charging availability and reliability.
To help meet this challenge, Tritium, a global developer and manufacturer of direct current (DC) fast chargers for EVs, is expected to supply more than 250 rapid chargers to the Osprey Charging Network, one of the fastest growing UK-wide networks of rapid EV charging points.
Aimed at increasing access to rapid and reliable charging infrastructure in car parks, retail locations and along major transit routes, the chargers are expected to be added to 100 new charging destinations, growing Osprey’s network by over 50%.
“It’s really encouraging to see the UK government proactively driving the transition to electric transportation in such a strategic manner through their Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, creating and supporting up to 250,000 green jobs. In 2021, approximately 190,727 new electric vehicles were sold in the UK, a staggering increase of 76% compared to 2020, setting a new record for the country and a strong indicator of the UK’s technology switch,” said Jane Hunter, Tritium CEO. “We’re delighted to strengthen our relationship and key partnership with Osprey to support their infrastructure coverage goals and increase access to rapid charging, enabling drivers to transition to EVs with a fast, reliable and convenient charging experience.”
This announcement comes shortly after the release of a new EV charging network strategy set out by the UK government which aims to expand the country’s charging network, so that it is robust, fair and covers all major infrastructure areas – and also improve the consumer experience at all charging points. The plan also includes significant support focused on those without access to off-street parking and for fast charging on longer journeys.
This announcement also underscores the deepening relationship between Tritium and its customers. In April 2021, Osprey announced the installation of its first RTM75 charger, and followed with a December 2021 announcement expanding the Osprey network with 100 Tritium chargers. Less than five months later, Osprey’s announcement today to deploy an additional 250 Tritium chargers illustrates the relationship growth that is occurring with Tritium’s most valued customers, as the company now looks to 2023 and beyond to expand its footprint and geographic reach with its portfolio of industry-leading products and services.
“As an independent charge point operator, we have the freedom to work with the very best hardware companies so that we can provide the very best experience for our customers,” said Ian Johnston, Osprey CEO. “We have already installed Tritium rapid chargers at many of our most popular locations, including sites with improved accessibility and at our South London high-power charging hub. We are excited to add the dynamic load-balancing PKM chargers to our rapidly expanding UK network, optimising charger output across a number of cars plugged in simultaneously and ultimately improving driver experience. Tritium is an instrumental partner in helping Osprey deliver on our goal of creating a high quality, inclusive, reliable charging network that’s worry free and accessible for all.”
Image courtesy of Tritium/Osprey.