London, August XX 2020 – Leading European smart charging solutions provider, NewMotion, has today announced a roaming partnership with UK charge point operator Engenie. Under the partnership, 259 rapid connections are added to NewMotion’s public charging network. NewMotion recently connected the 155,000th charge point to its roaming network and now counts over 2,500 charging locations in the UK.
Engenie operates a nationwide network of rapid DC charge points that charge at 50kW. These rapid chargers can provide 80-100 miles of range in 20-30 minutes, depending on the model of electric vehicle (EV). In comparison, an AC 7-22kW charge point can take 4-11 hours to fully charge an EV battery. As such, DC charge points are highly valued by EV drivers whilst on-the-go as they offer a quick and reliable service.
Expanding the network with rapid charge points
Alan McCleave, UK General Manager of NewMotion, said: “We are extremely excited to be partnering with Engenie and grow our public roaming network further. Drivers value fast charging when they are on the go and together we can now offer a first class charging experience whether drivers are at work, home or out and about. It’s great to see roaming partnerships are becoming the norm here in the UK as our EV market continues to mature and the need for easy access to charging infrastructure grows. We’re always looking for more partners with open networks like Engenie, who just like us want to make EV charging easy for drivers.”
Making rapid charging even more available
Ian Johnston, Engenie CEO, says, “Engenie are a totally open access public charging network, so it’s important to us to be available in the e-mobility services that drivers turn to when they need a charge. The partnership with NewMotion enables more EV drivers to discover our rapid chargers across the UK, and to easily start and pay for a charge. Whilst we offer contactless payment as standard, we appreciate and embrace the added benefits to customers that belonging to a roaming service brings.”
The availability of public charging infrastructure is a key consideration for drivers when making the switch to driving electric and so roaming agreements help with EV adoption. Roaming, or interoperability, is the creation of an open network where drivers access the charging services of all operators in the network with just a single charge card. As such, the roaming partnerships create a more connected charging network for drivers and help ease the pressure of range anxiety. In effect, roaming partnerships help make EV driving and charging more practical and easily accessible for drivers.
NewMotion currently collaborates with over 200 partner charging networks to provide Europe’s largest roaming network for EV charging. This network offers drivers access to over 155,000 charge points across 35 European countries.