To make the transition to a future of electric vehicles go as smoothly as possible, a new EV charging network is being set up across the UK to keep your car juiced up. It's a petrol station for your electric car, essentially.
Drive Energi has teamed up with Tritium to install 2,500 rapid chargers across the country, aiming to have them all up and running by 2025, which is bloody ages away, but 100 sites are planned to be live by the end of January next year.
Each charging location will feature two Veefil-RT 50kW DC rapid chargers, that can add 60 miles or range to your electric car in just 20 minutes.
"We chose to work with Tritium because its technology is proven and its chargers are reliable, robust and trustworthy," said James Moat, CEO of Drive Energi. "These chargers are not only the fastest and most advanced in their class, but incredibly easy to use and, with the world’s smallest physical footprint, to deploy as well – particularly in our cities and high-density areas where space is increasingly limited.”
Tritium will be supporting the network of chargers "24/7" and will even be offering on-site support if needed.
"As the nation increasingly looks to electrify transportation, and as the ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone) scheme comes into effect, the need for reliable, smart and easy-to-use charging infrastructure is critical,” said Kevin Pugh, Tritium's business development manager for UK and Republic of Ireland. “DRIVE ENERGI is an exciting addition to the market with a vision to build a new network offering charging confidence with the EV driver’s needs at its core.
"With the average daily commute in the UK in the vicinity of 20 miles, a single 20-minute charge will add about three days of range to an EV. The sheer scope of the proposed DRIVE ENERGI network means that people will easily be able to find a charger, no matter where they are and no matter when they need it.”
So next time you pootle off in your EV and realise you forgot to plug it in, you can swing by a charging station and sit there with your thumb up your arse for 20 minutes before driving off into the sunset.