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POLAR charging network achieves rapid expansion

Date: 11 January 2018   |   Author: Sean Keywood

The operator of the UK's largest electric vehicle (EV) public charging network has hailed a strong year of growth in 2017.

The POLAR network, operated by Chargemaster, added more rapid chargers in 2017 than every other UK-wide public charging network, representing 51% of the total number installed across the country.

More than 80% of the new POLAR rapid chargers were supplied free to site hosts, including installation, representing private investment of more than £1.2 million.

All public rapid chargers on the POLAR network provide the three common charging connectors - CHAdeMO, CCS and Type 2 AC - making them compatible with all rapid charging EVs.

As well as more rapid chargers, more than 500 fast charging points were added to the POLAR network last year, making it the fastest-growing UK-wide public charging network overall, with more than 43% of all new charging points.

Chargemaster chief executive David Martell said: "Over 700 charging points were added to the POLAR network in 2017, and we plan to more than double that figure in 2018.

"We already have 40,000 users and POLAR will maintain its position as the national network of choice for EV drivers in the UK.

"Tens of thousands of POLAR plus subscribers are accessing our network in the easiest and most convenient way, with RFID card access and monthly billing for both private and business customers - the latter enabled by the recent launch of our POLAR corporate subscription for multiple users."