Energy solutions business SMS has launched a service that takes UK organisations from initial decision-making about electric vehicle charging infrastructure through to maintenance of the assets.
The Glasgow-based firm will offer consultancy, design, procurement, installation, operation and aftercare of charge points for electric vehicles (EVs).
In partnership with charge point operator and software-as-a-service provider Clenergy EV, SMS will also give clients access to systems allowing them to manage and monitor all aspects of their business charging network via a platform compliant with the Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP).
SMS has played a part in major programmes in recent years including the smart meter rollout, the development of grid-scale Battery Energy Storage Systems and providing expert support for 5G networks.
In addition to workplace and public charging, SMS is also targeting the destination charging market – looking to install infrastructure by leisure, retail and hospitality businesses – as well as the fleet sector.
Guy Bartlett, managing director of the firm’s Energy Services division, said: “As an independent, tech-agnostic EV charging partner, other than our considerable expertise helping establish the UK’s critical electrical infrastructure, what we look to bring to the rapidly growing charge point market is a crucial flexibility of choice.
“At SMS, we believe that encouraging and enabling interoperability across the UK’s EV charge point network is essential to help create the best possible experience for drivers, which will in turn improve general uptake of EVs and ultimately help strengthen the business case for investing in charge point infrastructure.
“That is why we’ve chosen to partner with Clenergy EV and offer our customers the benefit of OCPP-compliant software, which allows network owners to control charge points from multiple manufacturers via one platform.”
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