Vattenfall and Connected Kerb have been unveiled as partners for a new project that utilises Virgin Media’s infrastructure for on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging.
The Virgin Media Park & Charge project is being run by a consortium consisting of Vattenfall, Connected Kerb, SMS, Cenex, Ginger Town, Fully Charged, DETA and Loughborough University.
Several local authorities also form part of the consortium, including the West Midlands Combined Authority and councils in Oxfordshire, Liverpool, Southend on Sea, Worcestershire, Wandsworth, Croydon, Northamptonshire, Hammersmith & Fulham and Belfast.
Virgin Media’s 40,000 powered street cabinets and 170,000km of ducts will be used as part of the project, which will see 1,200 charging sockets deployed across the country over the next 18 months.
The sockets will be operated by Virgin Media’s parent company, Liberty Global. The project aims to build a fully scalable EV charging network, having received a share of a £37 million government fund in July. The Innovate UK-backed project aims to encourage greater EV uptake and support the government in moving closer to net zero.
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