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Chargemaster to invest £15 million in EV charging network

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Chargemaster is to invest £15 million in 2,000 new charging sites and advanced technology after completing the acquisition of Elektromotive and its subsidiary Charge Your Car.

The advanced charging technologies will include new access such as contactless credit card payments and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR), support and back office systems. 

These will complement its current access mechanisms, including Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) cards and smartphone apps.

Following the acquisition, Chargemaster’s Polar customers now have access to more than 5,000 charging points throughout the UK.

The company now employs around 190 staff, including more than 70 expert field installation and maintenance engineers.

Chargemaster also plans to install wireless charging units in the next two years to support the new cars and taxis that are expected to be coming to market with inductive charging. 

Chargemaster’s introduction of more than 250 new Ultracharge units across the UK in 2017 has already commenced, with the rapid charge units installed across multiple Q-Park locations in London.

The number of destination chargers operated by Chargemaster is also expected to increase by 2,000 units over the next 12 months, thanks to partnerships with a number of hotel and restaurant chains.

David Martell, chief executive of Chargemaster, said: “The acquisition of Elektromotive and Charge Your Car is a major milestone in the company’s expansion plan.

"We currently partner with eight car manufacturers and we are aware that the number of new electric vehicle models going on sale will significantly increase.

"It is widely expected that within the next 10 years, around 50% of new cars sold will be electrically-powered.

"Chargemaster is investing heavily to ensure that the UK is fully equipped to deal with this new generation of motoring, and that it has the most robust, reliable and available charging network in the world.”

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  • bob the engineer - 28/01/2017 09:20

    Great, but not really bothered about fancy technology payment systems and all that, minor issue.. what the investment should be spent on is lots of Rapid chargers (standard chargers are dead meat now) in places people can use on route rather than as a destination.

  • Patriot - 28/01/2017 23:00

    I hope David Martell knows that to justify ANPR cameras his company or a nominated person must be registered with the ICO as a Data Controller? http://www.cctv-information.co.uk/i/ANPR_Data_Protection_Act_Compliance I'd hate to think he joins PPC's in having to pay for unlawful use of data.

  • Terry Long - 02/09/2017 17:08

    How about some more chargers in the south west preferably rapid chargers

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