Highways England to install 50 EV charging points across road network

Highways England to install 50 EV charging points across road network

Highways England has awarded a multi-million-pound contract which will see more than 50 electric vehicle charging points installed across the country within the next nine months.

The £2.8 million contract has been awarded to BP Chargemaster to carry out work in the north of the country and Swarco UK Ltd in the south.

Highways England wants to ensure that 95% of its motorways and major A roads are within 20 miles of a charge point.

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."

Roads Minister Jesse Norman MP added: "The Government wants the UK to be the best place in the world to own an electric vehicle, leading the way to a zero emission future.

"Installing extra vehicle charging points along or nearby our motorways and main roads will help more businesses and people to make longer, cleaner and greener journeys in their electric vehicles.

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

David Martell, chief executive of BP Chargemaster, said: "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, added: "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."

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