The partnership enables the Allstar One Electric card and roaming cards that are part of the Allstar Network, such as Mina Chargepass, to have full access to the Gridserve Electric Highway including their two flagship Electric Forecourts in Braintree and Norwich, as well as their High Power Electric Super Hubs and Medium Power Electric Hubs that cover 85 percent of the UK’s motorway service areas.
The two companies working together will give more EV charging options through the Allstar One Electric card for fleet customers charging on the road. For fleet managers, drivers using the Allstar One Electric card, over the standard contactless payment method, allows for continued control and visibility during the transition to fleet e-mobility.
Over the past year, Gridserve has embarked on a multi-million pound programme to upgrade over 160 charging locations with new chargers, deliver additional High Power Electric Super Hubs across the motorway network, each featuring a bank of 6 to 12 x 350kW-capable chargers, and opened a new flagship Norwich Electric Forecourt.
While the sale of new cars is stalling, the EV market is surging, particularly for light commercial vehicle sales, which rose by 21.4 percent in 2021, indicating that many companies are already starting to plan for – and action – the implementation of electric vehicles in their fleets.
“Allstar is really excited to have added Gridserve Electric Highway to its network, which demonstrates our commitment to adding high quality and importantly high-speed networks for our fleet customers” said Tom Rowlands, Managing Director, Global EV Solutions at Allstar Business Solutions. “We are Gridserve’s first partner alongside contactless card acceptance specifically for fleets, which offers us a unique proposition for our customers. Recent vehicle sales figures show that there is a clear and growing appetite from UK fleet operators to incorporate EVs into their businesses and ultimately make the full transition. To help them achieve this it is essential that we partner with leading electric charging operators, such as Gridserve. This will help us to offer greater access to charging points for drivers and reduce any threat of range anxiety for vehicles on the road.”
Toddington Harper, Founder and CEO of Gridserve, added that this decade is crucial for climate action.
“It’s vital that we deliver the solutions that will move the needle on climate change” said Mr Harper. “The widespread transition to electric vehicles, powered by sustainable energy, is a key part of what’s needed. We are committed to building an awesome UK-wide charging network, enabling anyone, anywhere, in any type of EV to take on any journey and have a great customer experience. We look forward to working with Allstar to deliver a fantastic EV charging experience for fleet drivers.”
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