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Chargemaster to add 2,000 additional charging points to Polar network

Chargemaster is to add an additional 2,000 charging points to its Polar network.

The growth intends to resolve issues across London and other parts of the UK where many old third-party charging points installed under the government Plugged in Places scheme have been unserviceable for some time. 

As a result, Chargemaster is making an open offer to local authorities to replace these publicly available units free of charge to enable infrastructure to be upgraded. 

The move includes the installation of over 1,000 charge points in London, some of which will replace old charging stations supplied by third parties.

Around 600 points will be entirely new locations, with a focus on destinations such as hotels, supermarkets and health clubs.

In addition to the new 1000 Chargemaster charging points, the company will transfer more than 300 existing charging points from Source London's network of 1500 points later this year.  These charging points will become fully integrated within the UK Polar network.

David Martell, chief executive of Chargemaster, siad: “Chargemaster is committed to making electric vehicles a viable option to people across the UK, and this latest move solidifies that intention. By growing our network nationwide, but also focusing on traditionally poor areas of service, such as London, we are confident we will make a marked difference for EV owners wanting to charge on the move”.

“100% serviceability of charging points is crucial and Chargemaster’s programme will help ensure that motorists in London and elsewhere will see a clear improvement of availability.”



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  • sage&onion - 13/07/2015 13:06

    Why is there always such a heavy emphasis on London when it comes to public charge points? I would like to see heavier commitment to the infrastructure in other towns and cities too!

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    • Bob the Engineer - 14/07/2015 00:01

      Probably because so many people run EV's and hybrids in London to dodge congestion charges and many residents don't even have a parking space to charge in at home so I suppose the demand for public points is higher. As a non Londoner myself fed up of London everything too I would welcome more facilities outside too but charging needs to be more realistic. For example my local authority sports centre has installed a rapid charger that costs £5.50. My Outlander PHEV would get 25 miles on the 80% charge. At £5.50 its cheaper to do that on Petrol and 5 times more than it costs me at home for the same electricity. Shame as it would have been handy to top up whilst using the centre.

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  • David Dundas - 20/07/2015 12:11

    Its high time that EV charging points and EV cards are harmonised to allow any EV owner with a type 2 plug and cable, to charge at any charging point throughout the UK,

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  • Clement - 23/09/2015 23:16

    This is good news for EV drivers. However, it is about time somebody take the initiative and install a pilot EV charge point in a council estate, or better still close to a block of flats, where most of the residents normally park their cars. Make the masses aware, prove to them they can successfully own EVs without having their own driveways or garages, and see EV ownership really take off

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