2022 was Osprey’s biggest year to date. The electric vehicle (EV) charging company achieved a series of key milestones as it continued to provide accessible, high-power EV charging in convenient locations across the UK.
Osprey ended the year with over 400 chargepoints in the ground. This included four new load-balancing charging hubs at Banbury, Brackley (see below), Crewe and Ipswich, with a further two coming very soon in Essex, near the M25 J29 and Devon.
Throughout the year Osprey announced a series of new collaborations. The company were selected by British Garden Centres, the UK’s largest family-owned garden centre group, to provide rapid EV charging at an initial 12 stores nationwide.
Osprey announced a partnership for 15 new rapid charging stations with North Devon Council. The agreement has delivered six already and more than doubles the existing rapid charging provisions in the area. This benefits residents, businesses and the six million tourists who visit the district each year.
In the summer Osprey became the first charging partner of the British Gas fleet. With around 9,000 vehicles, British Gas is one of the UK’s biggest fleet operators and is working towards converting its entire fleet to become fully electric under its net-zero ambition. In 2021, Centrica, British Gas owner, committed to electrify its 12,000 strong operational fleet by 2025.
Osprey, which is headed up by CEO Ian Johnston, also made the commitment to accessible and safe charging in becoming the first charging network to subscribe to ChargeSafe. This a public charging endorsement body that independently inspects and rates EV charging locations. At the launch of Osprey’s new charging hub at Paisley Pear in Brackley, the UK’s first accessibly designed charging hub was awarded the highest accessibility score ChargeSafe had seen so far.
The EV charging company celebrated being a network that is open to all by hosting artwork on its EV chargers raising awareness of important causes and organisations throughout the year. We displayed wraps supporting Pride in July, Black History Month in October, and Disability History Month in November and December.
The year ahead promises to be an outstanding year for Osprey with the launch of its flagship hub in Devon. Plus, it plans to more than double the size of the network to over 1000 chargers.