The UK’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network has switched to 100% renewable electricity to remove upstream emissions.
Chargemaster said the electricity consumption of the POLAR network, which includes Charge Your Car sites, will be certified and matched to energy generated from renewable sources.
While pure electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid and range-extender models running in electric mode produce no tailpipe emissions, charging vehicles using renewable energy means no fossil fuel-generated electricity is used and electric vehicles are truly ‘zero emission’.
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.’
Chargemaster said 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.
The firm 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% 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.
Chargemaster said its POLAR network is growing significantly and that it is installing more than 250 of its UK-manufactured Ultracharge rapid chargers this year.
It said the cost of its POLAR plus membership, which provides unlimited access to charging points in the network, will not increase with the switch to renewable energy.