MFG to roll out 2,800 ultra-rapid EV chargers in next decade
Independent forecourt operator MFG is to install ultra-rapid chargers across its network by 2035.
MFG has over 900 sites in the UK and will initially install 2,800 ultra-rapid 150kW and 350kW EV chargers at around 500 sites by the end of 2030, backed by a £400m investment. The installations will be focused on strategic locations, initially on major trunk roads and urban areas, but broadening out to cover the strategic road network.
By 2035, MFG plans to complete its EV roll-out to all suitable remaining locations in its network.
The business has already installed EV chargers at 108 of its sites through third parties, but the new charge points will be installed and operated by MFG as inhouse EV charging hubs, positioning the business as a national charge point operator.
The hubs will have between four and eight ultra-rapid 150kW EV chargers per site.
The planned investment in EV charging will be made hand-in-hand with a broader upgrade programme that MGF said would offer a wider grocery convenience offer, strong food-to-go brand partnerships, on-line delivery lockers and business break areas / facilities.
But alongside the charge points, MFG will continue to provide existing fossil fuel infrastructure, operating a dual fuel strategy; the business says there are c.38m licensed combustion engine vehicles on UK roads today and these vehicles will take decades to churn out of the car parc, meaning millions of motorists will still require fossil fuels long after the 2030 ICE ban.
MFG will also continue its work in providing drop box and home delivery locations for major logistics companies such as Amazon, InPost and ByBox.
CEO William Bannister said: “Our planned £400m investment in this vital infrastructure will help keep UK motorists on the move, and our essential retail will support local communities and the economy. I am looking forward to engaging with government to ensure this investment best meets the national EV infrastructure requirement to help us all make a contribution to ensuring Britain meets its net zero target by 2050.”