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Highways England drives EV ambitions with major new chargepoint contract

Highways England has signed a £2.8m charging point contract that will see more than 50 electric vehicle charging points being installed across the country within the next nine months.

BP Chargemaster is to roll out its first forecourt charging points within the year

BP Chargemaster has been signed up to  install chargepoints in the north of the country while Swarco UK Ltd will cover the south

The deal forms part of Highway England’s aims to ensure 95% of its motorways and major A roads are within 20 miles of a charge point, and sees BP Chargemaster signed up to carry out work in the north of the country and Swarco UK Ltd in the south.

The deal includes initial installation and commissioning of facilities followed by ongoing operation and maintenance for the seven-year period of the contract.

Highways England’s Mark Collins, Environmental Designated Fund (Carbon) Portfolio Manager and Project Lead, said: “To help improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions we’re introducing more electric charging points, at locations near to the network, for example at nearby town centres. This shows that we are looking ahead to meet the future demand for this facility.

“This contract is about supporting drivers of electric vehicles using our network. It will give them additional charging facilities just off England’s motorways and major A roads to help them make longer journeys and reduce the anxiety of potentially running out of power. We look forward to the benefits this will provide drivers on our roads.”

David Martell, chief executive of BP Chargemaster, added: “Access to convenient, fast and reliable charging points across the UK will help enable the mass adoption of electric vehicles. We have been focused on creating such infrastructure over the past 10 years and are very proud to be working with Highways England to expand the provision of rapid charging points so that an even greater number of drivers can make the switch to electric.

Justin Meyer, general manager at Swarco eVolt, commented: “We are delighted to have been selected by Highways England for this project to expand the national network of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, it is testament to the range and reliability of our systems and our strong support network across the UK.”

The work being carried out under this contract is in addition to electric charging points being installed as part of Highways England’s collaboration with local authorities during this road investment period (2015 to 2021).

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 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.