South Korea’s SK Signet announced it had entered into a strategic alliance with US based Gilbarco Veeder-Root (GVR) to supply electric vehicle (EV) fast charging equipment worldwide.

GVR, a subsidiary of South Carolina’s Vontier Corporation, is a global supplier of equipment for petrol station forecourts and convenience stores.

SK Signet said it had agreed to supply EV fast charging stations for GVR’s global network of fuel retailers and convenience store customers in North America, South America and Europe, supporting “the continued transition to clean energy within the transportation sector”.

“The integration of SK Signet’s charging hardware into GVR’s product suite comes as GVR launches ‘Konect,’ an EV charging ecosystem designed specifically for the fuel retail industry. Konect offers a unique, fully integrated, site wide suite of market leading EV charging hardware and software for businesses wanting to install their own EV charging infrastructure,” SK Signet said.

CEO Jung-ho Shin added in a statement: “The gap in readily available and accessible EV charging infrastructure is a major barrier to the broad adoption of EVs. By working with GVR to build out the EV infrastructure offered at fuel retailers and convenience stores, we will be able to provide current and future EV drivers with more convenient, seamless and reliable fast charging options.”

His company would supply its full range of EV charging hardware to GVR for Konect, including the V2 ultra fast charger (400kwH) claimed to provide enough power to charge an EV up to 80% in less than 15 minutes.

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“The chargers will also provide drivers with the option for NACS, CCS, CHAdeMo and MCS connections, allowing them to serve the full range of EVs on the market,” the company added.

Konect general manager Om Shankar said: “EV adoption is at a critical point, with people and businesses needing confidence to make the switch. Widely accessible charging infrastructure is the key to further uptake and we aspire to remove hurdles and build an incredible business case for fuel retailers to play a major part in the EV transition.

“Gilbarco Veeder-Root already offers some of the best software and payment capability in the world and we’re working with a leading EV charger developer, SK Signet, to provide the most powerful recharging ecosystem our industry has ever seen.”