Marston's to rollout 400 rapid EV chargers across UK estate
Marston's will become the UK's first pub chain and brewer to rollout rapid electric vehicle (EV) chargers, after partnering with Engenie to install 400 chargers across its UK estate.
Marston’s Inns and Taverns, which has an estate of more than 1,600 pubs across the UK, will work with Engenie to install two rapid chargers each at 18 locations in early 2019, before increasing project deployment throughout the year.
The 50kW chargers – which will be powered by 100% renewable energy - require no membership or connection fee and are compatible with all EVs. According to Engenie, an 80% charge can be achieved in 30-60 minutes.
The deal is set to remove up to 4.8 tonnes of harmful nitrogen oxide (NOx) from UK roads annually.
Marston’s head of facilities management and projects Andy Kershaw said: "Our goal is to become the UK’s most environmentally efficient pub business. By partnering with innovative and customer-focused organisations like Engenie, we’ll continue to hold ourselves and the sector to the highest possible environmental standards.”
The announcement follows Marston’s resource achievement, announced in September. The firm hit its 2020 zero-waste-to-landfill goal two years ahead of schedule, after sending more than three-quarters (77%) of its waste to be recycled this year.
As for Engenie, the company recently worked with property management and investment giant M7 Real Estate to plan a network of rapid EV chargers across its UK estate, in a move that is expected to prevent the 2.9 tonnes of NOx being emitted by 2033.
M7 estimates that the chargers, which will be powered by 100% renewable energy, will last for 15 years and deliver 120kWh per day.
Both partnerships will help Engenie reach a goal to install 1,500 chargers in the UK by 2021.
Engenie’s business development director, Patrick Sherriff, said: “Partnering with household names like Marston’s to offer rapid EV charging is a huge boost to our ambition of building a UK-wide public rapid charging network.
“Marston’s’ pubs and restaurants are the ideal settings for our rapid chargers, giving drivers the convenience of charging their EV while they stop to eat, check emails or take a break from their journeys. At the same time contributing locally to cleaner air for their family customer base.”
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