eEnergy and EO to create UK’s ‘largest public sector charging network’

eEnergy has partnered with EO Charging to install 50,000 EV chargers by 2030, with the aim of creating the UK’s largest public sector charging network.

The digital energy services company’s new service ‘eCharge’ removes upfront costs and can be paired with clean energy procurement and energy saving solutions, including LED lighting upgrades, to enable schools, colleges, hospitals, and councils to protect themselves against rising energy bills.

eEnergy has now signed an exclusive agreement with EO Charging to deliver mass EV charging for the UK education sector. There are approximately 32,000 schools, colleges, and universities, and more than 600,000 teachers in the UK. When combined with the 225,000 staff and 2.66 million students currently at UK higher education institutions, the education sector represents a significant underserved market to help accelerate the UK’s transition to low carbon transport.

The first 200 installations with EO will be completed in April 2022 and at least 2,000 chargers will be installed within the first 12 months. eEnergy expects to sign additional partnership agreements this year as it accelerates its EV rollout plans.

Harvey Sinclair, CEO, eEnergy said: “The government has rightly set ambitious net zero targets, and Es will play a fundamental role. However, ensuring everyone has access to reliable charging, especially for those who cannot plug in at home, poses considerable challenges. Like many employers, schools face a growing demand for EV chargers just as energy costs reach record highs. Our ambitious rollout will make life easier for teachers and other drivers by offering an affordable and accessible alternative.

“By pairing workplace chargers with energy-saving technologies and clean energy procurement, everything from lighting to commuting can be powered using 100% fossil-free energy, cutting energy costs, and creating new revenue opportunities for the public sector.”

Charlie Jardine, Founder and CEO, EO Charging said: “Our partnership with eEnergy ensures critical net zero infrastructure can be widely adopted by the public sector as well as businesses, making EVs accessible to more people throughout the UK. Together we have built a compelling solution for those who are looking to install EV chargers as part of their broader net zero strategy.”

eEnergy expects to install up to 20 chargers per school or workplace, making a significant contribution towards the Government’s 2030 target of 145,000 extra charge points in the UK, to coincide with the ban on new internal combustion engine vehicles.

The company already provides energy services to over 600 schools and 2,000 other workplaces across the UK.  By providing EV charging in conjunction with clean energy procurement, energy management, and high-impact energy efficiency solutions, eCharge hopes to make EV charging accessible for thousands of drivers and organisations struggling with the energy price crisis.

eEnergy customer Mark Greatrex, CEO at Bellevue Place Education Trust, said: “We are looking forward to working with eEnergy on the rollout of EV charging points across our schools. We want to support and encourage our employees and parents in the transition to EVs and believe the move away from petrol and diesel vehicles is crucial as we look to create a greener future for our pupils.”