UK supermarket chain plans network of 100 ultra-fast chargers

Supermarket chain Morrisons has plans for what it calls the UK’s largest network of ultra-fast chargers. This week, Morrisons unveiled its first 50 GeniePoint rapid chargers at stores across the UK. It plans to install a further 50 by 2020.

Customers must join the organization, which is free, to use the GeniePoint chargers. There is no monthly fee, and drivers only pay for the electricity they use, which costs 30p ($0.38) per kWh.

Morrisons will install the chargers around the perimeters of the parking lots to ensure they are available to those who need them and not obstructed by other customers.

French utility ENGIE purchased ChargePoint Services, the owner of the GeniePoint charging network, in 2019. The majority of the electricity will come from the utility, which buys from zero-carbon energy sources like hydroelectricity, biomass, bio-gas, wind and solar.

Alex Bamberg, Managing Director of ENGIE EV Solutions, said,  “Providing convenient fast charging facilities is essential in ensuring drivers have the confidence to switch to electric vehicles. Morrisons supermarkets are ideally situated in communities as drivers go about their day-to-day activities, and will make an important contribution as we build the most reliable rapid charging network nationwide.”

Source: ChargePoint Services

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