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Chargemaster to run Plugged-in Midlands electric vehicle charging network

The Plugged-in Midlands network will be merged with Chargemaster’s POLAR network, which already comprises over 4,000 chargepoints across the country.

The move will also see developments for the Plugged-in Midlands Network network including access to chargepoints via smartphone app and a choice of tariffs, with many chargepoints remaining free to use. Across the UK, more than 80% of POLAR chargepoints are free.

The agreement with Chargemaster, which has been approved by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), will also see the Plugged-in Midlands network expanded, with a short-term goal of adding over 100 new chargepoints in the coming months.

Robert Evans, CEO of Cenex, commented: “Cenex has successfully grown the PiM network over the past five years to serve electric vehicle owners in the Midlands, and we are very proud of what has been achieved. Now is the time for the PiM network to transition to a specialist network operator that can expand the scope of the network, unify networks for national coverage, and invest in new services and an improved customer experience. 

“Having reviewed Chargemaster’s track record, we are delighted that they have offered to invest in and grow the PiM network. We are convinced that electric car users will benefit from this step, as Chargemaster continues to maintain the chargepoints to the highest standards.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.