EO Charging and eEnergy, a digital energy services company, have announced plans to install at least 50,000 electric vehicle (EV) chargers by 2030, as part of a commitment to create the UK’s largest public sector charging network.
eEnergy has signed an exclusive agreement with EO Charging to deliver mass EV charging for the UK education sector. At present, there are approximately 32,000 schools, colleges, and universities, and more than 600,000 teachers in the UK. When combined with the 225,000 staff and 2.66 million students currently at UK higher education institutions, the education sector represents a significant underserved market to help accelerate the UK’s transition to low carbon transport.
The first 200 installations with EO will be completed in April 2022 and at least 2,000 charge points will be installed within the first 12 months. eEnergy expects to sign additional partnership agreements this year as it accelerates its EV rollout plans.
“Our partnership with eEnergy ensures critical net zero infrastructure can be widely adopted by the public sector as well as businesses, making EVs accessible to more people throughout the UK. Together we have built a compelling solution for those who are looking to install EV chargers as part of their broader net zero strategy,” said Charlie Jardine, Founder and CEO of EO Charging.
eEnergy’s new service – “eCharge” – is designed to remove upfront costs and can be paired with clean energy procurement and energy saving solutions, including LED lighting upgrades, to enable schools, colleges, hospitals, and councils to protect themselves against rising energy bills.
By offering longer-term, fully serviced performance contracts, eCharge customers can install EV charging without upfront investment. The service will also offer new revenue opportunities, with schools and other organisations able to monetise their EV charging facilities by making them available to local communities or providing charging in place of parking fees.
“Ensuring everyone has access to reliable charging, especially for those who cannot plug in at home, poses considerable challenges. Like many employers, schools face a growing demand for EV chargers just as energy costs reach record highs. Our ambitious rollout will make life easier for teachers and other drivers by offering an affordable and accessible alternative,” said Harvey Sinclair, CEO at eEnergy.
“By pairing workplace chargers with energy-saving technologies and clean energy procurement, everything from lighting to commuting can be powered using 100% fossil-free energy, cutting energy costs, and creating new revenue opportunities for the public sector.”
EO Charging and eEnergy expect to install up to 20 chargers per school or workplace, making a significant contribution towards the Government’s 2030 target of 145,000 extra charge points in the UK, to coincide with the ban on new internal combustion engine vehicles.
In October last year, EO charging also announced it is also rolling out more than 200 AC fast chargers and five DC rapid chargers for Tesco’s home delivery fleet of electric vans.