ENGIE has been working alongside Silverstone Green Energy to roll out the first nationwide public charging network across Wales. The Dragon Charging Network will operate alongside linked charging networks such as GeniePoint. Alongside the app and website, drivers have the option of an RIFD card for low signal areas.
The network currently has more than 124 chargers across Wales. This provides the ability to charge to electric vehicle drivers, local authorities, and businesses. You can find these charging points on Zap-Map.
Andrew Mackay, Construction Project Manager, Silverstone Green Energy, said. “We chose the GeniePoint Platform as the back office provider for the Dragon Charging Network because of its proven track record of product reliability and flexibility, but equally because of the great team at ENGIE providing support, help and advice to our team and to drivers using the Dragon Charging Network.”
Charging network confidence
The Welsh Government wants users of electric vehicles to be confident they can access charging infrastructure when they need it. This means increasing the number of charge points by 2025, as part of a proposed £30million plan that will help with delivery.
Alex Bamberg, Managing Director, ENGIE EV Solutions, said. “Our established market experience enables us to focus on joining up all aspects of electric vehicle charging to provide a clear route for an easy transition to electric transport solutions. Providing seamless interoperability across multiple networks makes the easiest driver experience therefore encouraging and supporting the switch to zero carbon transport.”
The chargers on the Dragon Charging Network are owned by local authorities, community groups, and commercial organisations that want to make their chargers available for public use. Many of the local authorities involved provide free parking while charging to further encourage changing to electric transport.
ENGIE and Silverstone are continuing to expand the network as more organisations join to promote EV charging.