Parking operator Q-Park has announced a £3m deal with electric vehicle (EV) charging firm EB Charging, which will see it roll out nearly 600 charging points across 80 sites in the UK and Ireland.
As part of the agreement EB Charging is to be responsible for the installation of EV charging hardware and the management of charging provision, including a 24/7 customer support service for Q-Park customers who park and charge.
Q-Park said the partnership would reinforce its reputation as “one of the most forward-thinking sustainable parking operators in the UK and Ireland”. The addition of the new chargers adds to its current network of 250 public EV charging points across its asset portfolio.
“The world is changing and we’re happy to contribute with our portfolio and operations to the new environment we are in,” said Adam Bidder, managing director of Q-Park UK and Ireland. “We already lead the way on electric vehicle charging in the private parking sector, even so we undertook a lengthy consultation process to ensure that we found the correct strategic partner to add value to our existing parking and charging proposition.”
Installations are due to commence from next month and will include the modernisation of the company’s existing charging infrastructure with the latest state-of-the-art hardware as well as the installation of new charge points.
On completion of the deployment programme, Q-Park said discussions would start on future phases of the roll out with the parking operator signally that it was eager to remain at the forefront of EV charging market.
“This ambitious project delivers substantial benefits to Q-Park’s customers and accelerates the electric charging points as the demand for charging increases,” said Alex Calnan, managing director of EB Charging. “Both EB Charging and Blink look forward to working closely with the team at Q-Park, and together, help clean the air that we breathe as we provide for more electric vehicles.”