In what is becoming a good news day for electric car owners, Marston’s Inns and Taverns has unveiled a partnership with rapid electric charging network Engenie to become the UK’s first pub company to install rapid chargers across sites nationwide.
This follows the news that Volkswagen and Tesco have teamed up to roll out 2,400 charging bays within the next three years.
Marston’s is the UK’s leading independent and pub retailing business, with around 1,600 pubs across the UK, and this move will see the installation of 400 rapid EV chargers powered by 100 percent renewable energy. Up to three cars will be able to charge at each site at any one time.
Engenie’s rapid charging points require no membership or connection fee and operate with all contactless payment cards. A 50kW charger will provide up to 80 percent charge in just 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the battery.
Andy Kershaw, head of facilities management and projects, Marston’s, said: “Our goal is to become the UK’s most environmentally efficient pub business. By partnering with innovative and customer-focused organisations like Engenie, we’ll continue to hold ourselves and the sector to the highest possible environmental standards.”
‘The centre of the EV transition’
Patrick Sherriff, business development director, Engenie, added: “Our national network of rapid chargers is having a significant positive impact on local air quality; another feather in the cap of Marston’s’ already impressive long-term environmental commitments. At the same time, our easy-to-use rapid EV charging points will put the customer at the centre of the EV transition.
“Partnering with household names like Marston’s to offer rapid EV charging is a huge boost to our ambition of building a UK-wide public rapid charging network. Marston’s’ pubs and restaurants are the ideal setting for our rapid chargers, giving drivers the convenience of charging their EV while they stop to eat, check emails or take a break from their journeys. At the same time contributing locally to cleaner air for their family customer base.”
Two Engenie chargers will be installed at each of the following Marston’s pubs and restaurant by early 2019:
- Chalkhill Blue Andover
- Cherry Laurel, Bridgend
- Silver Birch, Cleckheaton
- Kings Highway, Derby (1 charger)
- Spring River, Ebbsfleet
- Old Plane Tree, Glasgow
- Red Sails, Hull
- The Elms, Lutterworth
- Little Castle, Markham Vale
- Poppy Fields, Maidstone
- Lingfield Farm, Middlesbrough
- Talardy, St Asaph
- Highland Gate, Stirling
- Pepper Mill, Stoke-on-Trent
- Kings Chamber, Thorne
- Ruddy Duck, Wakefield
- The Bakehouse, Welwyn
- Black Pole, Worcester
- Plas Coch, Wrexham