BP Chargemaster has launched a new trial of rapid EV charge points located at M&S stores, with the project going live today (Wed 12th August) at the retailer’s newest store at Maidstone Eclipse Park.
Located just off the M20 in Kent, the new charge points are the first of a five-store trial. In this instance, three new rapid chargers have been installed at the M&S store’s car park.
The project looks to help EV drivers who want to pop-in store, particularly those picking up their food shopping. Polar’s rapid points typically see charging sessions of around 30 minutes, which would be an ideal top-up time to browse or shop in store.
BP and M&S are long-standing partners, with the latter’s Simply Food stores at many BP forecourts, and BP Chargemaster is rolling-out 150 kW EV chargers at sites.
Helen Milford, Director of Stores for M&S said, “At M&S we know our actions today protect our planet for tomorrow and we’re committed to the use of renewable energy within our own operations and supporting our customers, which makes this a really exciting trial for us.
“As we create a store estate for the new world it’s critical our shops are in the right locations, digitally connected and offer trusted value products and services such as the rapid chargers – we’re looking forward to seeing the customer response to our trial in Maidstone.”
Matteo de Renzi, CEO of BP Chargemaster, said: “As well as serving existing M&S customers who already, or may soon drive electric vehicles, we expect the rapid chargers to bring new customers to these stores. They are in the right locations to support those driving along the strategic road network and provide a great opportunity to charge while you shop.
“We are incredibly proud to be working with M&S as they set out to trial EV charging at their stores. It’s exciting to partner with a leading retailer who, like BP Chargemaster, is focused on offering customers a trusted service with great value, supported by a seamless digital experience.”
Find Polar charge points on Zap-Map desktop and app, with live status updates available for users.