Osprey Charging & EVA England on EV Infrastructure

Osprey Charging & Supermarket Income REIT Team Up for Rapid EV Charging Hub Expansion. James Court, EVA England, shares more about what EV drivers need

The UK Government has just released its electric vehicle public charging infrastructure statistics, which show that from 1st January 2023, the number of installed public devices has increased by 16,622, a 45% rise. Meanwhile the number of rapid charging or above devices has moved up by 52%, an additional 3,604 public devices installed. 

However, there is an uneven distribution of charging devices across the country, while some local authorities have bid for government funding for more charging devices and others have not.

 

EVA England is driving change by advocating for enhanced electric vehicle infrastructure

Electric Vehicle Association (EVA) England has welcomed the news of such a rise in charging points. The group wants to speed up the transition to electric vehicles by advocating on behalf of EV drivers to the government, media and industry on key policy matters.

James Court, Chief Executive of EVA England, advocates for improved charging infrastructure and the necessary regulations to support them. 

“Well over 90% of EV drivers would never go back to petrol or diesel, and charging in the UK is getting better all the time. However, it is still a lottery, with some areas much better served than others,” said Court, in response to the Government’s announcement. 

“Although the vast majority of EV drivers have no issues with charging, it is clear there is still room for improvement to the current infrastructure, as well as the need for expansion to keep up with new sales of EVs.

“We need to see planning laws, connection times and regulations stripped back so we can build charge points more quickly, and we need to see costs of public charging made fairer, so those without their own driveway do not get punished.”

Osprey Charging and Supermarket Income REIT are empowering electric journeys

One company helping electric vehicle drivers stay on the road for longer is Osprey Charging, which has partnered with Supermarket Income REIT to install rapid electric vehicle charging hubs across the fund’s portfolio of supermarkets. Its newest hub will offer 12 ultra-rapid 300kW charge points and now, shoppers can charge their vehicles on the go and thanks to Osprey’s Live Data partnership with Zapmap

Using Zapmap, electric vehicle drivers will be able to identify information about Osprey’s charge points local to them - such as the live status and availability information of charge points. Drivers can also pay for their charging using Zap-Pay.

“The electric transition is well underway and we’re here to provide a reliable and rapid public charging service for drivers, from Cornwall to the Scottish Highlands,” said Ian Johnston, CEO of Osprey Charging.


 

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