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Q-Park are delighted to announce the completion of a further phase of the rollout of Electric Vehicle chargers across the United Kingdom including the first charging points in Northern Ireland. Q-Park partnered with charging point operator Franklin Energy to undertake these works which have been completed during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
The UK currently has approximately 250,000 electric vehicles registered in the UK with a target of 1.5 million by the end of 2022. Car manufacturers are predicting that one in four vehicles sold in 2025 will be pure electric vehicles, equating to around 600,000 new electric vehicles sold each year. By 2030, most car manufacturers envisage every new vehicle sold being a plug-in hybrid vehicle and the UK government is planning to ban the sale of diesel and petrol cars beyond the year 2040.
Q-Park are recognised to be one of the most forward-thinking green parking operators in the UK who have the widest spread network of city centre charging infrastructure in the country. This new phase of rollout resulted in the installation of brand new 22kw Fast chargers in the following car parks:
This phase of roll-out was made complex due to the disruption caused by COVID-19 but the hard work will continue. The next phase of installations is due to begin before the end of this year and will include the first Q-Park car parks in Scotland.
Robert Byrne, Managing Director of Franklin Energy commented: “Phase one of the EV charging point roll out allowed Q-Park to access and monitor the EV charge demand, identify geographical hotspots and react accordingly. From this, they have been able to collect necessary data to find the best locations for the new charging points that we installed. They are the the first car park operator to roll-out a national network of EV charging points in the UK and include discounted season tickets for fully electric vehicle owners. We have developed a fantastic relationship with Q-Park and are excited to roll out the next phase that will undoubtedly reinforce Q-Park as an EV pioneer.”
John Denton, Head of Sales and Marketing commented “At Q-Park we are always eager to be at the very forefront of technological advances in our market. We were delighted to work with Franklin Energy to bring the very latest electric vehicle charging technology to new car parks across the country. We have already identified our next phase of installations with Franklin Energy which will include our first car parks in Scotland. We are excited to keep this project moving forward to cement our place as the car park operator of choice for electric motorists.”
To find out more about our Electric Vehicle charging network please click here.
Users wanting to sign up to use the charging point are required to download Franklin Energy’s LiFe EV smart phone app that is available for free download in the Apple and Google Play store.