Proposals unveiled for a new network of 2,500 EV chargers

A new charge point operator, Drive Energi, is pledging to install 2,500 chargers in the UK by 2025.

Each site on the proposed network is to have two 50kW Tritium Veefil-RT chargers and a number of 22kW chargers, according to plans put forward by Drive Energi yesterday.

Drive Energi is planning on having 100 chargers installed by the end of the year and between 300 and 500 by the end of 2020.

Tritium would provide 24 hour support to the network, which Drive Energi said will be a mix of public and private charging.

Drive Energi 50kW Tritium Veefil-RT chargers (Image: Drive Energi)

Drive Energi 50kW Tritium Veefil-RT chargers (Image: Drive Energi)

Drive Energi has been in development for the last 12 months by Box Energi, which also provides energy storage and computing services, CEO James Moat said.

Moat claimed the company has 5,000 locations secured in the UK which have been undergoing assessment and said it chose Tritium’s chargers as they are “reliable, robust and trustworthy”.

“These chargers are not only the fastest and most advanced in their class, but incredibly easy to use and, with the world’s smallest physical footprint, to deploy as well – particularly in our cities and high-density areas where space is increasingly limited.”

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Comments (2)

  1. Richard Piper


    Frankly the last thing us EV drivers want is another charging network with no doubt their own app, website and pre-pay scheme. Anyone who read the long feature on yesterday’s SundayTimes magazine will have gathered how frustrating it is for EV drivers once they have driven beyond the car’s range. There is no transparency on pricing or conditions and the site of EV charge points seems to be entirely random once you are off a motorway. At the very least all networks must offer contactless debit/credit access and charging, clearly display charges and conditions on the charger and police bays so as they do not get blocked by ICE vehicles.

  2. Stuart Calder


    Agreed on the proliferation of apps, cards, and payment methods, and what is the use of 22kw and 50kw chargers anyway, in a world that is already moving to 100kw+, and up to 250kw, with even more in the pipeline? And by 2025 – seriously? The EV landscape will have changed beyond recognition by then. It’s like rolling out a new 3G mobile network when 5G is already here. Daft.

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