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POLAR electric car charging network goes renewable

The UK’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network, POLAR, which includes Charge Your Car sites, is switching to renewable electricity from 1st August.

The electricity consumption of the POLAR network, operated by Chargemaster, will be certified and matched to energy generated from renewable sources; meaning every mile driven by EVs charging on the POLAR network will be matched by renewable energy.

Chargemaster, the UK’s largest provider of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, provides over 40,000 EV drivers with access to more than 5,600 public charging points in the UK across the POLAR and Charge Your Car networks. Combined, they represent more than 40 per cent of all the charging points in the UK and, in the first half of 2017 supplied vehicles with more than 500,000 kWh of electricity.

The POLAR network is growing significantly, with Chargemaster installing more than 250 of its UK-manufactured Ultracharge rapid chargers this year. POLAR plus membership, which provides unlimited access to charging points in the network (over 85 per cent of which are free to use) costs £7.85 per month and the company has said this will not increase with the switch to renewable energy. In addition, new members benefit from free membership for the first three months.

POLAR says that even when charged with electricity from the National Grid, the emissions footprint of electric motoring is still lower than the average new car in the UK. However, this benefit is increased if electric vehicles are charged using renewable energy, which ensures that electric motorists are truly ‘zero emission’, with no fossil fuel-generated electricity used when charging.

David Martell, Chief Executive of Chargemaster said, “Switching POLAR, the UK’s largest EV charging network, to renewable energy is great news for EV drivers in the UK. It reduces the overall emissions of electric motoring, removing the upstream footprint of electricity generation in the same way as drivers have eliminated their tailpipe emissions.”

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2 Responses

  1. ”The POLAR network is growing SIGNIFICANTLY, with Chargemaster installing more than 250 of its UK-manufactured Ultracharge rapid chargers this year. POLAR plus membership, which provides unlimited access to charging points in the network (over 85 per cent of which are free to use) costs £7.85 per month.”
    If it is said that oil fuelled cars will be replaced by 2040. if you say by that time you will need at least 5 million chargers. You have to start now installing 125,000 a year for 23 years to meet demand if the number is 10 million then thats 250,000 a year. the government better get a move on.

  2. Also electric cars will not reduce congestion, in fact it may make it worse. When self drive cars come reality would you need to take a driving test. in that case could everyone have a car.

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