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Chargemaster launches workplace charging point

Date: 05 September 2017   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Electric vehicle infrastructure giant Chargemaster has launched a new charging point aimed at workplace users.

Called Powercharge, the new unit is designed to offer open access, meaning there's no need for users to have cards or keys.

The unit costs from £795 plus VAT, can be wall-mounted or floor-standing and comes with two standard sockets, which are compatible with every electric car and van on the market.

According to Chargemaster, the unit is available in 7kW specification as standard with a 3.6kW option also available.

"As the electric vehicle (EV) market in the UK continues to grow significantly, we are seeing an increasing number of enlightened businesses realising the need to provide charging points at their workplaces for fleet, staff and visitor vehicles," said David Martell, chief executive of Chargemaster. "Powercharge provides a simple, robust and cost-effective charging solution for any business car park."

Last year, the government introduced a workplace charging grant scheme in an attempt to boost the uptake of electric vehicles within corporate fleets. The programme offers discounts of £300 per socket up to a maximum of 20 plugs.

Applicants must be a registered business, charity, public sector organisation or a public authority, able to prove a need for electric vehicle charging equipment or an intention to introduce EVs to its fleet, and have dedicated off-street parking.

Government documents also state that businesses can only have one socket per parking space.

Speaking at the launch of the scheme, Martell said: "This is great news for companies that have adopted EVs into their fleets, or wish to provide charging facilities for visitors."

He added: "There are now more than 80,000 electric vehicles on British roads ? many of those are owned and run by businesses. This new grant from the government will allow more companies to install charging points at workplace locations for a fraction of the cost."