eEnergy will work with EO Charging to install “at least” 50,000 electric vehicle (EV) chargers by 2030 as part of a commitment to create the UK’s largest public sector charging network.
A new service called eCharge removes upfront costs and can be paired with clean energy procurement and energy saving products, including LED lighting upgrades, to enable schools, colleges, hospitals, and councils to protect themselves against rising energy bills.
The deal with EO is intended to “deliver mass EV charging for the UK education sector”.
The first 200 installations will be completed in April 2022 and at least 2,000 chargers will be installed within the first year.
The companies said installing standard EV chargers is not currently a viable option for many schools and public sector organisations. By offering longer-term, fully serviced performance contracts, eCharge customers can install EV charging without upfront investment. The service will also offer new revenue opportunity, with schools and other organisations able to charge for charging by making chargepoints available to local communities or providing charging in place of parking fees.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO, eEnergy said: “Like many employers, schools face a growing demand for EV chargers just as energy costs reach record highs. Our ambitious rollout will make life easier for teachers and other drivers by offering an affordable and accessible alternative.”
eCharge offers 7 kW, 11 kW and 22 kW charging models. A typical charger can deliver up to 80% charge in three hours and is claimed to be compatible with all electric vehicles on the market.
eCharge will be run by Neil Campbell, who joins as managing director from his previous role heading price comparison website MoneyExpert.