Tesla charging at Zest Frenchgate shopping centre

Zest opens new EV infrastructure at Frenchgate Shopping Centre

Nic Ryan

Frenchgate, Doncaster’s leading retail destination, now has fourteen electric vehicle charging bays, a mixture of 22kW fast chargers and 50kW rapid chargers to match visitors’ typical length of stay.

According to CACI research commissioned by Zest last year, 82% of EV owners said an improved charging experience would encourage them to visit one centre over another. Nearly all those surveyed said they would call in more often knowing that reliable charging was available.

Frenchgate recently celebrated a successful milestone as part of its pledge to help tackle climate change - recycling over 100 tonnes from plastic and cardboard. The shopping centre joined forces with local schools and also reduced the consumption of plastic through its Our Planet Pledge, before introducing EV infrastructure in a further bid to encourage greener living.

“As a key fixture in Doncaster city centre’s retail scene, and an integral part of the local community, it’s important that we provide facilities such as fully managed EV charging,” said Corinne Mycock, General Manager of Frenchgate.

“Frenchgate is committed to providing the same dedication to corporate social responsibility as it is to be offering an unrivalled retail and leisure experience. We welcome the introduction of our new EV infrastructure and are delighted that Zest chose Frenchgate as their next retail destination.”

Zest and Zapmap share a live data partnership which enables users of the Zapmap app and web map to access live status and availability information across the entire Zest charging network, making planning for en-route and destination charging even easier.

“We know that people just want to charge where they park as part of their normal routine. By responding to future demand now, forward-looking retail destinations like Frenchgate will thrive, as a new wave of EV drivers establish their long-term charging habits,” said Robin Heap, Zest CEO.