Engenie, the electric vehicle charging network provider, is working with retail landlord Brookhouse to roll out 17 rapid chargers at 10 retail sites across the UK.
Seven charging sites, hosting a total of 13 rapid chargers, are already open to the public, with the remaining three sites expected to be completed before the end of the year.
It will mean customers of brands like Sainsbury’s, Argos, Next, Aldi, and M&S will all benefit from the rollout and Engenie said it opens up rapid charging to the 18 million vehicles that visit its retail parks each year.
All of Engenie’s chargers are powered by renewable energy, are accessible to all EVs on the market today, and are operated using a contactless payment method, requiring no membership or subscription.
Engenie covers all costs associated with installing and servicing the rapid charging points, which it says eliminates the financial risk for landlords and retailers.
The average 73 minute shopping trip to out of town shopping centres, such as those owned by Brookhouse, would see customers add over 160 miles of range to their EV on average when they came back for their onwards journey.
Patrick Sherriff, business development director at Engenie, said: “By ‘grabbing the grid’ and securing vital connections for rapid EV chargers before its competitors, Brookhouse is staying ahead of the curve, and positioning its sites as the go-to shopping destinations for EV drivers.
“What’s more, our partnership is further proliferating easy-to-use charging infrastructure across the UK, enabling thousands of customers to top up their vehicles while they shop at their favourite retail outlets with the tap of a smartphone or contactless card.”
This announcement is Engenie’s latest deal in the retail park sector, following previous announcements with Reef, M7, Northumberland Estates and more due to open this year.
The announcement supports Engenie’s plans to double the number of rapid chargers in the UK by 2024, following a £35 million investment from Cube Infrastructure Managers in July 2019.