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Greene King to establish EV charging network with Raw Charging and Drive Energi

Greene King, the UK pub retailer and brewer, is planning to install EV charging points in a 50-50 partnership with Raw Charging and Drive Energi.

The initial launch phase of the partnership will see installation of EV AC and DC chargers in 900 of Greene King’s managed pubs within the next 12 months, as part of the company’s commitment to support greener thinking and its sustainability strategy.

The Government’s commitment to support growth of green, zero emission technologies includes ending the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2035 or earlier.

Therefore, demand for EV charging points in places such as pubs and hotels is set to grow significantly.

Tony Hodgson, head of estates at Greene King, said: “We’ve been working hard developing our sustainability plans as we continue to build a greener business.

"With more people buying electric cars in a bid to be more environmentally friendly, we want to support our customers who come to dine or stay with us by offering electric charging ports in our pubs that are able to do so.”

The Churchill, in Royal Wootton Bassett, kicked off the launch with RAW Charging as the first Greene King pub with electric vehicle charging points which have been available for use from August 3, 2020.

Bruce Galliford, chief executive of RAW Charging, a signature European Partner of Silicon Valley-based EV technology provider ChargePoint, said: “In committing to host our reliable, easy-to-use, and fully contactless-payment enabled EV charging points, Greene King and its portfolio of prestigious pubs and hotels remain anchored at the heart of the local communities in which people live and work, by providing a crucial EV charging service 24 hours a day."

James Moat, chief executive of Drive Energi, said the launch is a significant milestone for Drive Energi.

He said: "The UK’s EV charging sector will play major role in leading a green recovery post COVID-19.

"With its clean air zones and expanding green infrastructure, the North West will be integral in the move to low carbon transport and driving the UK closer to achieving net-zero targets. We are committed to the roll-out of accessible public charging across the UK and drivers can expect to charge from over 300 Drive Energi locations by the end of 2021.”

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