Q-Park has announced a new deal with EB Charging for an initial roll-out of nearly 600 charging points across 80 sites in the UK and Ireland.
The move is part of Q-Park's commitment to the installation of EV charging infrastructure and adds to its network of city centre charging infrastructure of more than 250 public EV charging points across its asset portfolio in the British Isles.
In addition to the public EV charging points, Q-Park has Mobility Hubs, which include the provision of rapid fleet-charging solutions, such as those in the Q-Park Park Lane Mobility Hub in London, recently nominated for a European Parking Award.
EB Charging, recently acquired by US-based global EV charging infrastructure company Blink Charging, also works with local authorities and businesses to create the infrastructure the UK needs to meet the local and national net zero carbon and air quality targets and prepare for the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans.
As part of this agreement, EB Charging will be responsible for installing the charging hardware and the management of the charging provision, including a 24/7 customer support service to Q-Park customers who park and charge.
Q-Park will invest over £3 million in the UK and Ireland on rolling out more than 600 EV charging points across its estate of parking facilities. Installations are due to start in July and will include the modernisation of the existing charging infrastructure with the latest hardware. On completion of this deployment programme, plans will be started for future phases.
Adam Bidder, managing director of Q-Park UK and Ireland, said: “The world is changing and we’re happy to contribute with our portfolio and operations to the new environment we are in. We already lead the way on electric vehicle charging in the private parking sector, even so we undertook a lengthy consultation process to ensure that we found the correct strategic partner to add value to our existing parking and charging proposition.”
Alex Calnan, managing director of EB Charging, added: “This ambitious project delivers substantial benefits to Q-Park's customers and accelerates the electric charging points as the demand for charging increases. Both EB Charging and Blink look forward to working closely with the team at Q-Park, and together, help clean the air that we breathe as we provide for more electric vehicles.”