Europe, EV Infrastructure, Smart Grid

Vattenfall in UK roaming pact for flexible EV charging

Swedish energy group Vattenfall and NewMotion, a European smart charging solutions provider, have signed a new roaming agreement that will ensure hassle-free charging for UK electric vehicle drivers.

As of September this year, EV drivers will have improved charging options, being able to choose from over 400 public charging points operated around the UK, using either a single app or charge card.

Currently there are around 25,000 public charging points in the UK, of which only a small minority are open to roaming agreements. Drivers of EVs need several apps and charge cards to be able to have access to charge points of different operators. Roaming agreements prevent drivers from having to hold multiple payment cards and subscriptions and help to minimise range anxiety.

Anthony Hinde, director of InCharge, Vattenfall’s electric vehicle charging business in the UK, said: “The UK EV driver experience has just got that little bit simpler. What is the norm in many European countries – seamless, simple, flexible public charging options as a result of roaming agreements between operators – is still a rarity in the UK. Our agreement with NewMotion is therefore an important step forward and will encourage the uptake of EVs in the UK.”

Sytse Zuidema, chief executive of NewMotion, added: “Access to good charging infrastructure is a key consideration for drivers before they make the switch to driving an electric vehicle. Roaming agreements between charge point operators help to create a charging network where it’s easy to charge at any provider’s charge point.

“With this roaming agreement we both take the lead in creating a wider accessible charging network and make it easier for EV drivers to connect to the charging infrastructure in the UK. We welcome Vattenfall’s EV drivers to our charging network, which is already Europe’s largest network with over 118,000 charge points in more than 30 countries.”

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