Zest charging hub

NFU Energy joins with Zest to accelerate rollout of rural EV charging infrastructure

Nic Ryan

NFU Energy customers will now be able to benefit from Zest’s fully funded and fully managed EV charging infrastructure thanks to their new partnership.

Giving advice and practical support to businesses, with a special focus on agriculture and horticulture, NFU Energy will help landowners and farmers to diversify by transforming underused brownfield sites into a sustainable revenue stream.

Solutions will include new Zest’s electric vehicle (EV) charging hubs, as well as destination chargers and solar canopies.

Zest was just announced as Zapmap's latest live data network partner, meaning that Zapmap app and web map users can see the live status and availability of Zest charge points while en route.

Other recent projects by Zest to expand the EV network to make charging more accessible include partnerships with Hackney Council, where Zest is to provide and operate 2,500 new EV charge points across the borough by 2026, and a partnership with Ryedale District Council in North Yorkshire, where it will provide 10 rapid charge points to serve its five market towns.

“We’re delighted to partner with Zest as part of our Renewable Energy Solutions service, said Lisa Howkins, NFU Energy Sales & Marketing Director.

“With all our partnerships, we look for specialists with longevity; that meet high customer service standards from the initial design phase to the ongoing operation.

“We believe Zest will provide just that when they invest in our customers.”

Zest is backed by the government-sponsored £420m Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund (CIIF), designed to accelerate the UK’s provision of public access charge points.

“Our mission is to provide abundant and convenient EV charging right across the UK,” said Robin Heap, Zest CEO. 

“The decision to work with NFU Energy was an easy one, given their unrivalled understanding of the needs of farmers and rural landowners.”