Chargemaster has announced that it is set to invest £15 million in new charge points and technology following its takeover of Elektromotive and charging network Charge Your Car.
After the deal was approved last week by the Competition and Markets Authority, Chargemaster Polar customers now have access to more than 5,000 charge points in the UK. The latest announcement will see more than 2,000 charge points added to that total, with plans to make charging easier with new roll-outs of technology.
For example, the company’s latest flagship rapid charger – the UltraCharge – is able to accept contactless debit and credit card payments, and also features Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR). There will be 250 of these devices installed over the next 12 months.
Other improvements will be made to the website and apps available, with more information available for each device, such as points of interest, and available facilities at each location – cafes or wifi etc.
Chargemaster also plans to install its wireless chargers over the next few years, ready to support new models that are fitted with wireless charging technology.
David Martell, Chief Executive of Chargemaster, said: “The acquisition of Elektromotive and Charge Your Car is a major milestone in the company’s expansion plan.
“We currently partner with eight car manufacturers and we are aware that the number of new electric vehicle models going on sale will significantly increase. It is widely expected that within the next 10 years, around 50 per cent of new cars sold will be electrically powered.
“Chargemaster is investing heavily to ensure that the UK is fully equipped to deal with this new generation of motoring, and that it has the most robust, reliable and available charging network in the world.”
You can find POLAR and Charge Your Car charge points on Zap-Map by using the network filters on both desktop and smartphone apps. POLAR points are available with live network information, showing not only if a device is out of order or not, but also whether it is currently in use or ready to charge.