Ei Group Joins GeniePoint Network to bring electric vehicle charging to pubs

ChargePoint Services, owner and operator of the GeniePoint Network, is working alongside Ei Group, the UK’s largest pub company, with over 4400 properties nationwide, to bolster its sustainability efforts with the launch of electric vehicle charging. Phase one of the scheme will be the installation of ten GeniePoint Network charging sockets at Ei Group’s Pub Support Centre in Solihull to provide free-to-use workplace electric vehicle charging for the company’s field-based drivers to charge their electric vehicles whilst at work. This will be five twin socket units providing 7kW & 22kW charging.

Phase two will see the installation of GeniePoint Network rapid chargers in car parks at selected sites across the Ei Managed Operations business, providing easily accessible, reliable charging to pub customers. Followed by continued roll out across further pubs in the division, nationwide.

Paul Harbottle, Group Commercial Director at Ei Group, said: “As a business, we are committed to reducing our environmental impact and running a more eco-friendly and sustainable operation. We have a growing number of plug-in hybrid electric cars as part of our company car fleet, so this investment in installing the charge points makes sound business sense. “Electric cars are the future, so as a forward-thinking company, rolling out the installation of charge points across our managed estate gives customers another reason to visit our pubs and lets them charge up while enjoying a great experience with us. As the scheme progresses, we will also look to support publicans interested in this technology within our Ei Publican Partnerships business through fully leveraging our buying power, as we do for them across many other areas.” Alex Bamberg, Managing Director, ChargePoint Services, said. “We are very pleased to be supporting Ei Group in their efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of their business in the UK by connecting them to the GeniePoint Network. Our flexible approach enables us to provide both transient charging for a quick stop and top up charge, as well as destination charging to drivers looking for a longer dwell time whilst enjoying one of Ei Groups many pub company’s’ great food & drink experiences.” 

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