Around 500 charge points will be installed across car dealership sites thanks to the recent partnership between Kempower and European retailer Arnold Clark.
Kempower says its ‘Arnold Clark Charge’ network will be available on a 24/7 basis, with its larger branches offering eight 150kW ultra-rapid charge points and smaller dealerships providing between two and six devices.
“Through this significant new investment, Arnold Clark will provide charging-as-a-service to its customers, who can see the latest line up of EVs at the dealership and use other services at the location,” said Tomi Ristimäki, CEO of Kempower.
Kempower chargers work together to optimise charging across multiple vehicles when more than one EV is plugged in at the same charging hub. They allow power to be distributed based on demand, which varies significantly between individual vehicles due to the maximum charging rate of each model and its battery percentage at the point of charge.
This power management can reduce waiting times for charging significantly, maximising the speed and availability of chargers for drivers, and increasing consumer footfall for the landowners hosting the hubs.
The load-balancing technology also means grid connections can be optimised, allowing multiple high-power chargers to be installed per site and offering higher charging speeds without the need for more grid power.
“Once all the charging hubs are installed and operational, we will become one of the largest independent ultra-rapid charging infrastructure suppliers in the UK, and will be an excellent milestone for our sustainability strategy,” said Eddie Hawthorne, Chief Executive and Group Managing Director of Arnold Clark.
Kempower is becoming more visible in the UK. Osprey Charging also recently opted for the company’s fast charging solutions at its newest hub in the South West of England, enabling easier journeys for EV drivers living in and holidaying in Devon.