Forecourt operator Motor Fuel Group is to install electric charge points across its entire estate, amid environment secretary Michael Gove’s plans to ban the sale of diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040.
Britain’s second largest independent forecourt operator said the rollout of the 50kw rapid chargers across its 413 stations will start in November.
The firm said it was the first of its kind in the market. MFG chief operating officer Jeremy Clarke said: “The growth of the electric and hybrid vehicle market is an important part of the fuel mix going forward.”
The new charges will be run and managed by electric vehicle charging provider ChargePoint Services. “Electric vehicle charging is now a critical public service, and we are on target to provide the most reliable, widespread rapid charging facilities across the UK,” said ChargePoint Services MD Alex Bamberg.
MFG operates under the BP, Shell, Texaco, Jet, and Murco brands, and includes franchises such as Londis, Costcutter, Subway, and Costa.
The government’s £3bn clean air strategy includes a ban on new diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040.