BP Chargemaster begins M&S rapid charging trial
12 August 2020
Author: Sean Keywood
BP Chargemaster has begun trialling rapid EV chargers at M&S stores.
Three 50kW rapid chargers, featuring contactless payment terminals and using 100% renewable energy, have been installed at M&S's newest store, at Eclipse Park in Maidstone, Kent.
The installation is the first of a five-store trial.
BP Chargemaster says the typical charging session lasts 30 minutes - well timed to coincide with a shopping trip.
BP Chargemaster CEO Matteo de Renzi said: "As well as serving existing M&S customers who already, or may soon drive electric vehicles, we expect the rapid chargers to bring new customers to these stores.
"They are in the right locations to support those driving along the strategic road network and provide a great opportunity to charge while you shop."
M&S director of stores Helen Milford said: "We're committed to the use of renewable energy within our own operations and supporting our customers, which makes this a really exciting trial for us.
"As we create a store estate for the new world it's critical our shops are in the right locations, digitally connected and offer trusted value products and services such as the rapid chargers - we're looking forward to seeing the customer response to our trial in Maidstone."