Bridgestone to install up to 3,500 new charging ports across European network
Bridgestone is installing up to 3,500 new charging ports across its European retail and service network in partnership with EVBox.
The five-year project will include brands such as Speedy and First Stop, and will begin in France and Italy and expand into the UK, Germany, Poland, Spain and other European countries.
The charging network will include both normal and fast charging stations in strategic locations and will be accessible to all EV drivers, both private and fleet vehicles.
EV drivers and fleets will be able to access the charging network through a dedicated card or mobile app that also gives access to one of Europe’s largest public charging networks, comprising over 130,000 ports, and also provides a single centralised platform for payments and invoicing.
Under the EVBox partnership, Bridgestone’s retail network will also offer EV drivers the opportunity to buy and install at-home EV charging stations.
It’s the latest work by Bridgestone to transform its business to support the adoption of EVs. It’s investing to develop premium tyres and tyres technologies for EVs as well as dedicated fleet and mobility solutions.
The company is also partnering with leading EV manufacturers and developing an EV-ready retail and service network – offering electric vehicle maintenance and tyre services, EV charging and mobile services for EVs all under one roof.
“Bridgestone is a business passionate about shaping a sustainable future of mobility. We’ve seen this come to life through many of its recent announcements and partnerships, and we’re proud to be working alongside a company with like-minded ambitions,” said Bram Poeth, CCO at EVBox Group. “This collaboration marks the beginning of a new long-term partnership between industry leaders that will evolve and grow alongside e-mobility and its demands.”