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Manheim partners with Pod Point to create new EV charging centre

Manheim Vehicle Services (MVS) has invested over £100,000 in partnership with Pod Point, to install 30 electric vehicle (EV) chargers at MVS Bruntingthorpe.

The new 30-vehicle charging centre will have the capability of charging over 800 vehicles a week.

The MVS Bruntingthorpe EV Charging Centre features 30, 7kW (single phase) Twin Chargers, as well as a 50kW Velocity Charger for rapid charging.

The software integration allows for both RFID card and App-based access, while all chargers have universal socketed versions so drivers can plug in with their own cable. Custom pricing tariffs are also available for specific driver groups.

Sam Watkins, commercial director, Manheim Vehicle Services, said: “As electric vehicles become more prevalent across the UK, we have invested in onsite charging technology to align with the needs of our customers.

“The creation of an EV Charging Centre demonstrates our commitment to evolving vehicle technologies, futureproofing our sites, and ensuring customers’ needs are met.”

The MVS Bruntingthorpe EV Charging Centre will be available for customers to use on a pre-booked basis, with individual billing agreements and support from the MVS team on site.

Denis Watling at Pod Point said: “Our latest install of 30 charging bays at the MVS site in Bruntingthorpe is another great example of how the industry is working together to achieve a zero-carbon transport future.

“The Smart Reporting platform allows MVS to have an overview of all activity on their chargers across their sites through one simple web portal. Visibility of usage and cost tracking means MVS can continually assess and easily plan to scale-up their infrastructure in-line with demand for the future.”

The new charging centre follows the introduction of gas catalytic drying systems at MVS Bruntingthorpe, which use 75% less energy than traditional methods.

The company says it is part of Cox Automotive’s programme of future investment into EV related services, with more due to be rolled out in 2021.

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