Chargemaster takes charge

The operator of the largest EV charging network in the UK, Chargemaster, now has responsibility for operating and maintaining all 124 electric vehicle (EV) charging points across parking provider, Q-Park’s, London facilities.

The charging points will become part of the POLAR public charging network. The POLAR network is comprised of more than 4,000 charging points across the UK and boasts a serviceability record that exceeds 98%. Under the new partnership, chargers at Q-Park’s sites across London will be upgraded to the latest specification units and fully maintained by Chargemaster. The company also plans to install additional charging points in the coming months to keep pace with demand from a growing number of EV owners and Q-Park customers.

In the last three years, there has been a vast increase in demand for electric vehicles in London and across the UK. The number of plug-in cars on UK roads increased from less than 7,000 in 2013 to more than 66,000 in the first half of July 2016. According to predictions by the AA, there will be more than 500,000 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in use by 2020.