Highways England has awarded contracts to BP Chargemaster and Swarco to help ensure that 95% of motorways and major A roads are within 20 miles of a charge point.
The contracts, worth £2.8 million, will see over 50 electric vehicle charging points being installed across the country within the next nine months.
BP Chargemaster will carry out work in the north of the country and Swarco UK Ltd in the south. It includes initial installation and commissioning of facilities followed by ongoing operation and maintenance for the seven-year period of the contract.
David Martell, chief executive of BP Chargemaster, said: “Access to convenient, fast and reliable charging points across the UK will help enable the mass adoption of electric vehicles. We have been focused on creating such infrastructure over the past ten years and are very proud to be working with Highways England to expand the provision of rapid charging points so that an even greater number of drivers can make the switch to electric.”
Justin Meyer, general manager at SWARCO eVolt, said: “We are delighted to have been selected by Highways England for this project to expand the national network of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, it is testament to the range and reliability of our systems and our strong support network across the UK.”
The work being carried out under the contract is in addition to electric charging points being installed as part of Highways England’s collaboration with local authorities during the current road investment period (2015 to 2021).