Source: Engenie

Rapid electric vehicle charging stations are set to open at 10 retail sites across the UK, thanks to a new partnership between network operator Engenie and real estate specialist Brookhouse Group.

More than 18 million vehicles visit Brookhouse sites – which include brands such as Sainsbury’s, M&S and Argos – each year, while Engenie is one of the UK’s largest rapid EV charging networks.

The partnership will involve a total of 17 Engenie rapid chargers installed across 10 sites throughout the UK.

Seven charging sites, hosting 13 rapid chargers, are already open to the public, with the remaining three sites expected to be completed before the end of the year.

Each site is powered by 100% renewable energy and the partnership will reduce CO2 emissions by more than 20,000 tonnes.

Customers visiting the sites can access Engenie’s rapid charge points, which operate a contactless payment method, without the need for membership or subscription. The chargers are compatible with every EV on the market today and provide 80 miles of charge in as little as 30 minutes.

“The way we travel is changing like never before and already we are seeing a wholesale shift towards electric mobility,” said Brookhouse property director Mike Nuttall.

“Customers will expect to be able to charge their vehicles wherever they shop, and our tenants will expect us to provide the infrastructure that enables them to do so.”

Engenie plans to double the number of rapid chargers in the UK by 2024.

Patrick Sherriff, business development director at Engenie, said: “The market for on-site EV charging services at retail parks is primed for rapid growth as EVs hit the mass market and on-site destination charging becomes an essential offering.”

Active Brookhouse sites as of June 2020:

  • Meteor Shopping Park, Bournemouth
  • Canal Road, Bradford
  • Manchester Road Shopping Park, Stockport
  • Queens Shopping Park, Preston
  • Parsonage Retail Park, Leigh
  • Barnfield Retail Park, Chichester
  • Alexandra Retail Park, Oldham

Further sites to be completed by the end of the year:

  • North Quay Retail Park, Lowestoft
  • Cables Shopping Park, Prescot
  • Hamilton Shopping Park, Hamilton