ENGIE has secured a contract with retailer Asda to deliver electric vehicle charging points at 19 locations across West Yorkshire, to help to drive down carbon emissions.
The energy and services company is installing high-specification 50kW+ chargers in the stores’ car parks that recharge electric cars in 30 minutes with 100 per cent renewable energy across all locations. Asda customers will have free use of the two-car chargers until October.
The partnership extends ENGIE’s existing relationship with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, which is based on boosting air quality by reducing carbon dioxide emissions across the region.
The combined authority obtained around £2 million from the government’s Office for Low Emission vehicles (OLEV) in 2019 and installation of charging points at the retailer’s stores will mark the final phase of the programme – helping to encourage the use of electric vehicles.
Jerry Maloney, managing director for ENGIE’s Futures business, said: “We are very pleased that in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, we have already installed more than 70 rapid electric vehicle chargers and have begun the installation of a further 19 charging points at Asda stores within the West Yorkshire region.
“The provision of rapid electric vehicle charging facilities at Asda stores offers customers a reliable and convenient way to charge whilst they visit the store. The ENGIE network charging points will be completely free to use until October 2021, in the hope that this will encourage more people to make the switch to EV.
“This is an exciting step towards improving air quality across West Yorkshire and ultimately supporting the UK’s goals to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.”
Kim Groves, chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee, said: “The 19 electric vehicle charging points installed at Asda stores throughout the region form part of our commitment to install at least 88 charging points across West Yorkshire by the end of this summer.
“Our partnership with ENGIE is part of our drive to dramatically reduce emissions from transport as we make West Yorkshire a net-zero carbon economy by 2038.”
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