SWARCO Smart Charging, one of the UK’s leading providers of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, has signed an agreement with the UK’s largest independent forecourt operator, Motor Fuel Group (MFG), to supply 150 Ultra Rapid EV chargers at sites across the UK. 28 sites will have been electrified by the end of 2021, with over 200 chargers deployed. The deal was announced as part of MFG’s commitment to expanding its charging infrastructure and improving convenience for EV owners.
SWARCO was chosen as one of MFG’s key partners’ thanks to its market-leading experience. The deal sees SWARCO and MFG work closely together beyond the supply of chargers to deliver the best charging experience possible. MFG has committed £400m to the electrification of its forecourts with an end goal of making charging an electric vehicle as quick, convenient and efficient as filling up a combustion vehicle. SWARCO is supporting MFG as a technology partner, assisting with deploying charging hardware and back-office software.
Justin Meyer, Managing Director of SWARCO Smart Charging, says the partnership will be a pivotal move for the UK’s EV charging infrastructure, ‘The UK’s charging network has been in development for a long time, and our partnership with MFG will see that develop rapidly in the next few years’.
‘Thanks to the collaborative nature of the agreement, we’ll be working extremely closely with MFG with the sole purpose of improving the convenience of charging an EV. To see 28 forecourts progressing towards electrification is a major step towards expanding EV adoption.”
MFG independently owns and operates over 900 forecourt stations across the UK. The installation of the new charging points will enable EV owners to charge their vehicles up to 100 miles within 10 minutes.
MFG’s Director, EV & Strategic Projects, Ed Chadwick, said the partnership represents a significant increase in EV accessibility “The Electrification of forecourts is a major win for the EV market. One of the biggest challenges of EV ownership is the management of battery life, now, thanks to our partnership with SWARCO, EV owners will be able to plan their routes in the same way as a combustion engine vehicle owner.
“We’ll be working closely with SWARCO moving forward to continuously develop our charging network and aim to have over 500 of our forecourts electrified by 2030, ensuring that every corner of the country has access to a rapid EV charging network.”
Alongside the supply of rapid charging units, SWARCO will also be supporting MFG with access to technical engineers, software development systems, and operational resources to ensure the project’s continued success.