22 Jan Independent Charge Point Operators Announce Partnership
Two of the key Independent Charge Point Operators have joined forces to create a business capable of meeting the increasing demand for Electric Vehicles through the rapid expansion of the national network of charge points.
Operators Plug-N-Go and EV Driver will join forces to create a combined network of 72 charge points, with an aim to roll out another 316 within the next 12 months.
Plug-N-Go Group offers EV charging to all. Its offering is based on reliability, excellent customer service and a cost effective solution. PNG operates across the UK, Channel Islands and Gibraltar. The group is growing organically and by acquisition.
EV Driver was founded by owner Linda Grave in 2016. Her mission: to create the first public network of EV charge points in East Anglia. By establishing competitive charging solutions to local authorities as well as the commercial and domestic market EV Driver is now regarded as the region’s market leader in the EV charging field.
EV Driver will continue to fulfil demand for consultancy and advisory services to both public and private sectors in this fast growing industry.
Keith Hounsell, Founder & CEO of Plug-N-Go, stated that the challenges of being an Independent Operator in this market and competing with the large multi-national fuel companies are significant, but are manageable if the independents work together.
“We know that EV drivers are looking to endorse companies who provide total reliability and high-end customer service. The reality is that we are competing against the huge oil companies and their budgets. We believe that the best way to compete is by joining forces with other likeminded companies and working together to give EV drivers what they really want”. – Keith Hounsell
The joint venture will be branded as Plug-N-Go. Existing customers will see no changes with the operating platform, but will have access to a larger combined network.
Linda Grave, Founder & CEO of EV Driver, will join the board of Plug-N-Go.
EV Driver will continue to operate in the domestic and advisory sectors.
“The independent public facing EV charging sector is entering a new phase, and we knew that a partnership would be the best to realise our growth ambitions and fast track the deployment of more public facing charge points. I am absolutely thrilled to be joining forces with Plug-N-Go, they are the perfect partners as they share the same outlook and ethos and have an exceptional team with years of combined knowledge in the renewables and finance sectors.”- Linda Grave
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