4 Dec 18

UK pub chain to install 400 fast chargers for EVs

One of the UK’s largest chain of pubs, Marston’s Inns and Taverns, is to install 400 rapid chargers across its sites. The chargers will use renewable energy to recharge up to three customers’ cars at any one time.

The 50kW SWARCO Raption 50 Rapid Chargers will be installed by fast-charging network operator Engenie, and will be capable of recharging a battery to 80% of its capacity in under an hour.

Customers will be able to pay for the recharge service via contactless bank cards.

Martson’s has over 1,600 pubs across the UK, and the company’s head of facilities management and projects, Andy Kershaw, said: “Our goal is to become the UK’s most environmentally efficient pub business.”

Engenie’s ambition is to grow its UK-wide network to 1500 rapid chargers by 2021.

Patrick Sherriff, business development director, Engenie, added, “Partnering with household names like Marston’s to offer rapid EV charging is a huge boost to our ambition of building a UK-wide public rapid charging network. Marston’s’ pubs and restaurants are the ideal setting for our rapid chargers, giving drivers the convenience of charging their EV while they stop to eat, check emails or take a break from their journeys. At the same time contributing locally to cleaner air for their family customer base.”

Authored by: Jonathan Manning