Renewable energy supplier Good Energy has joined forces with electric vehicle charging firm Engenie to expand the UK’s charging network. The partnership intends to make electric vehicle charging more convenient for businesses, landlords and local authorities.
Engenie are a public charging network installer who have recently received £35 million in funding. The investment will help them install 2,000 rapid chargers across the UK by 2024.
With around 11 million electric vehicles predicted to be on UK roads within ten years, new charging infrastructure is crucial. There are currently around 265,000 electric cars on UK roads, but the number is growing rapidly.
No ‘One-Size-Fits-All’ Answer to Charging Infrastructure
Engenie’s Chief Executive Officer, Ian Johnston, recently spoke about the partnership, saying: “We understand that there is no one‐size fits all approach and that different businesses require different types of charging infrastructure, driven by what their customers truly need.
“Our partnership with Good Energy will make it as convenient as possible for businesses, landlords and local authorities to realise the benefits of EVs and EV charging infrastructure and support the transition to a low carbon future.”
Good Energy and Next Green Car Ltd
The Wiltshire-based Good Energy Group PLC generates and purchases renewable electricity to supply green energy to UK homes and businesses. Originally starting life as an offshoot of German firm Unit Energy Europe, Good Energy moved to Britain in 2003. There it was bought out by its own management with the mission to move away from reliance on fossil fuel.
As well as investing in energy generation sources, the firm uses a network of generators to supply local customers. They also receive some power from 800 small to medium-sized renewable electricity generators across the country.
Last year, Good Energy became the majority shareholder in Next Green Car Ltd. Based in Bristol, Next Green Car operates an electric vehicle charging point mapping platform called Zap-Map.
UK Charging Network ‘Expanding Quickly’
In a press release, Good Energy and Engenie revealed the number of public charge point locations grew by 57% in 2019. The number now stands at 11,000.
The founder and Chief Executive Officer of Good Energy, Juliet Davenport, said: “More and more businesses are aware of the need to invest in clean transport. This new partnership means Good Energy can offer businesses a full range of EV charging needs, and, more importantly, is powered by 100% renewable power.
“Working with Engenie is the perfect complement to our own One Point service, and we are eager to get going.”
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