Visitors to Trafford’s White City Retail Park can now charge their electric vehicles (EV) while shopping due to the installation of five new ultra-rapid EV chargers.
The project marks the start of a partnership between The Derwent Group, who operate the retail park on behalf of The Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation, and EV charging network Be.EV to deliver a reliable charging hub for shoppers.
White City is the first of four installations that Be.EV will be developing in the partnership, which aims to drive additional footfall and enhance the value of their sites.
Further charging hubs are planned at retail destinations across Liverpool, Warrington and Wallasey. All of the sites will be equipped with cutting-edge Kempower chargers, which can charge a typical EV to 80% in as little as 20 minutes.
These chargers can also intelligently distribute energy supply between vehicles according to demand – meaning if one car reaches the maximum amount of power on one charger, any residual energy supply can be reassigned to another vehicle connected on-site.
Be.EV undertook all up-front installation and operating costs for the White City hub as well as the design, build, installation of the site, and ongoing maintenance.
Asif Ghafoor, CEO of Be.EV, said: “Retail parks offer shoppers a convenient moment to charge their car, and The Derwent Group is getting ahead of the curve by providing reliable, high quality charging facilities for their visitors.
“Other property developers should be taking note. As more and more shoppers choose to drive electric vehicles, they’ll naturally gravitate to retail destinations where they can conveniently charge their car whilst shopping.”
Peter Gilliland, Head of Property Management at The Derwent Group said: “The roll out of this first phase of electric vehicle chargers with Be.EV at White City marks an exciting step in the evolution of the Derwent Group portfolio as we look to create more sustainable and improved amenities for our customers and drive revenue.
“Given the prime locations and strong line-ups of our retail parks, partnering with Be.EV was an obvious choice given its established local network and commitment to excellent customer service. We are looking forward to rolling out EVC to a further 11 sites in upcoming phases.”
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