- Around 400 rapid chargers and 1,600 fast chargers to be added to the POLAR network this year
- Chargemaster installed 33 rapid chargers on the POLAR network in January
- POLAR members can already use over 6,500 charging points across the UK, many of which are free to use
Chargemaster is increasing the rate of rollout of the POLAR national charging network, the UK’s largest public charging network, by adding 2,000 new charging points in 2018, including around 400 rapid chargers.
To match the increasing take-up of electric vehicles, Chargemaster is investing heavily in providing charging points in key strategic locations, such as hotels, petrol stations, sports clubs and shopping centres. By the end of 2018, electric vehicle drivers using the POLAR network are expected to have access to over 8,500 public charging points, including 700 rapid chargers, with POLAR plus members being able to access all of them quickly and easily via an RFID card or key fob.
The company, which is the UK’s largest providing of EV charging infrastructure, installed over 30 rapid chargers in January, including new sites in Canterbury, Rotherham, Swansea and London, with more than 20 new rapid chargers providing convenient and cost-effective charging for new electric taxis, and electric car drivers in the capital who do not have off-street parking.
David Martell, Chief Executive of Chargemaster, said: “The POLAR network will maintain its position as the UK’s largest public charging network, providing convenient and reliable charging for EV drivers across the country. Over 40,000 drivers already rely on our network, which gives them access to over 40% of all public charging points on UK-wide networks, backed up with our dedicated 24/7 customer support.”
Chargemaster is working successfully with well-known national partners to deploy EV charging infrastructure at strategic locations, including IHG hotels, Asda supermarkets, intu shopping centres and Q-Park car parks.