Charging infrastructure provider and energy utilities in the UK have now set their eyes on the education sector as the new target for the rollout plans of their EV chargers. Charger manufacturer EO Charging and energy service provider eEnergy have recently announced plans to install 50,000 charge points for electric vehicles at schools, colleges and universities in the UK by 2030. The plan comes as part of the British Government’s target of having country-wide network of 300,000 charging points by 2030 for which an investment of £1.6 billion has been made.
The partnership will foresee an initial installation of 200 charging points in the month of April with 2,000 expected by the end of the year. The education sector presents a highly lucrative market for setting up charging infrastructure. With approximately 32,000 schools, colleges, and universities, and more than 600,000 teachers combined with the 225,000 staff and 2.66 million students currently at UK higher education institutions, the education sector could potentially play a significant role in accelerating UK’s transition to low carbon transport.
eEnergy plans to install up to 20 chargers per school or workplace. The company already provides clean energy services to more than 600 schools and 2,000 other workplaces across the UK. With the addition of EV charging service in the portfolio, eEnergy seeks to create new revenue opportunities for educational institutions, by making the chargers available to local communities or providing charging in place of parking fees.
EO Charging, based in the UK, currently delivers both smart charging hardware and software. The company recently announced expansion into North America and is reportedly working on enabling Plug&Charge on AC chargers.
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