Stellantis & EDRI spearhead fast charging rollout at UK retail sites

  • By end of 2024, new fast charging stations at Stellantis Retailers will enhance EV charging across Europe.
  • Chorley Group and other UK Retailers spearhead deployment of rapid DC public chargers.
  • Free2move Charge stations feature up to 300KW ultra-rapid chargers, reducing wait times for EV drivers.

As Free2move Charge Partner, EDRI is installing fast chargers at Stellantis retail sites across the UK

Stellantis Retailers in Europe are gearing up to welcome fast charging stations by the end of 2024. This move is part of a strategic partnership with E.ON Drive Infrastructure (EDRI), the Free2move Charge partner for the UK.

The UK retailer group is spearheading the rollout of these fast-charging stations. Notable names like Chorley Group are leading the charge. Chorley Group boasts international operations and a network of sixteen key sites along with eight franchises.

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Maria-Grazia Davino, Group Managing Director of Stellantis UK stated: 

“Increasing the number of EV rapid chargers is critical to the acceleration of EV sales, enabling the customer to have a frictionless user experience. Our Free2move Charge ecosystem is there to support all drivers to always be charged. The rollout of the EDRI partnership will provide EV drivers with improved access to prime charging locations offered by the Stellantis Retailer network.”

The recent selection of Blackpool and Ormskirk sites for rapid DC public chargers signals a significant step towards enhancing EV infrastructure. But Chorley Group isn’t alone in this endeavour. Other Retailers like James Haugh, Dumfries, Wycliffe, and Rugby are also onboard, indicating a collaborative effort within the industry.

The Free2move Charge stations, set to be operational by the year’s end, will feature ultra-rapid chargers boasting up to 300KW capacity. This means faster charging times and increased convenience for EV owners. In total, 24 charge points are being installed at selected sites, with further expansion planned soon.

EDRI’s UK’s Managing Director of Charging, Dev Chana, commented: 

“EDRI’s partnership with Stellantis will enable us to quickly advance our rollout of ultra-rapid public chargers in the UK, providing customers with accessible and safe charging locations. Our collaboration here truly supports the much-needed consumer demand for increasing the availability of EV charging across the UK”.

Starting in October, Octopus Energy will provide the Electroverse roaming app to facilitate payment for charging.

This only increases the widespread charging rollout we’re seeing at retail sites and destinations across the UK. Vauxhall have partnered with Tesco to provide one year of free EV charging, meanwhile, Scotland’s FOR:EV has installed 22 rapid charge points in multiple retail sites. All these projects will make EV charging more equitable and streamlined for everyone.

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