PoGo, the newly launched ultra-rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging network, has signed a major partnership agreement with Kew Green Hotels in the UK. This will create 40 new accessible EV charging hubs at hotel brands including Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, voco and Courtyard by Marriott.
The EV charging hubs will be in prime locations across the UK and will have a combination of 200kW ultra-rapid charging stations. These are ideal for the speed needed for en-route charging and AC stations for hotel guests who can charge their vehicles overnight.
For PoGo, this strategic partnership will add 200 charging stations to its network and each of its new charging hubs will be conveniently located for drivers. This will be a significant boost to ultra-rapid public charging across the UK and contribute to delivering PoGo’s ambition of improving the availability and the reliability of en-route charging for EV drivers.
For Kew Green Hotels, this partnership demonstrates a commitment to offering sustainable choices to its hotel customers and improving the guest experience, while also helping to attract more visitors to the hotels.
The addition of EV charging also supports Kew Green Hotel’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals and its commitment to reach Net Zero emissions by 2040 – 10 years ahead of the Paris Accord Target. As a Planet Mark certified organisation, Kew Green Hotels is taking decisive action to mitigate the climate crisis and future-proof its business.
It’s good to hear about this collaboration as the demand, especially for en-route charging, increases at a rapid rate in the UK. This is the perfect example of how easy it is to add charging infrastructure to an existing business and help electric vehicle drivers and the transition to zero emissions motoring.
Chris Dexter, Kew Green Hotels CEO, said: “We are always embracing new ways to positively contribute to the world around us, and we know that our guests are looking to do more too,” says Chris.
“We have recently become Planet Mark certified and we are committed to making year-on-year reductions to our CO2 footprint. We are taking a very holistic view to make this happen, which includes a number of operational changes and initiatives that give our guests choices to be more sustainable.
“Providing access to EV charging will not only offer more choice for our guests but partnering with PoGo means we’ll also be able to extend this access into the wider EV driver community, something we are very keen to do.”
All charging stations will be supplied with 100 per cent renewable energy and are designed to be easy to use and operate. Drivers will be supported by a 24/7, trained in-house customer support team.
Eugenio Herrero, PoGo executive director, said: “We are delighted to be forming this strategic partnership with Kew Green Hotels. We are looking forward to working with such a like-minded team who share our values and commitments to customer experience and sustainability.
“The result of this partnership will be a major boost to EV drivers across the UK and a major benefit to the hotels in meeting the needs of their guests. We are excited to get started.”
Installation work will begin this summer and is due for completion by the end of 2023.