Vattenfall forges new electric vehicle partnership ahead of installing first charging stations
Vattenfall and BMM Energy Solutions to install InCharge charging stations for South Norfolk Council.
Vattenfall, the Swedish energy group, is set to install its first electric vehicle charging stations in Britain after agreeing a new partnership with BMM Energy Solutions and South Norfolk Council.
In June 2018, Vattenfall launched InCharge saying it would establish its first partnership by the end of the year.
And Vattenfall has also confirmed that all of the power used to charge vehicles at the South Norfolk charging stations will be supplied by its British wind farms.
Vattenfall will initially install and operate 20 charging stations – owned by South Norfolk Council - at five public car parks in the South Norfolk Council area. Installations are due to start this week and are due to be completed by the end of December 2018.
The deal with British-based BMM means that Vattenfall is working with one of the UK’s most experienced installers of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
Anthony Hinde, Vattenfall’s Managing Director for InCharge, its electric vehicle charging business in the UK, said: “We launched InCharge in Britain earlier this year, so we are pleased, six-months later, to be installing our first ever InCharge public charging stations in Britain. Powered with 100% renewable energy from Vattenfall’s British wind farms, drivers using InCharge in South Norfolk can go electric with homegrown wind power.
South Norfolk Council Cabinet member Keith Kiddie said: “Working with our partners, South Norfolk Council is once again leading the way in ensuring that our residents and businesses can benefit from modern technology. We are providing a network of charging points, in our car parks, to encourage and enable electric vehicle owners to shop in our market towns. We will also be giving our residents, living in town centres, the opportunity to consider using clean energy and buying an electric car, as they will now have access to charging points overnight.”
Terry Mohammed, CEO of BMM Energy Solutions, said: “Partnering with Vattenfall allows our clients and EV users to truly benefit from an EV charge point network that is easy to access, pro-active in roaming and is supplied from 100% renewable electricity. This combination in my mind is one of the best solutions in the market place right now and we look forward to working with South Norfolk Council and surrounding districts on their EV infrastructure projects.”
Electric vehicle drivers with Vattenfall’s InCharge mobile application or charge card can charge at any Vattenfall InCharge charging point on a pay-as-you-go basis. Vattenfall plans to roll-out the InCharge network in Britain in partnership with public bodies, commercial property and commercial fleet operators. Vattenfall plans to make roaming agreements with other operators or driver service providers in the UK, meaning that InCharge drivers will have access to an expanding, reliable and easy to use network across the country and northern Europe.
Elsewhere in Norfolk, Vattenfall is developing Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas offshore wind farms. The two wind farms are scheduled to be operational in the 2020’s and when up and running would produce enough power every year to meet the equivalent electricity demand of around 10% of UK households.
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