Electric dreams: ENGIE and Premier Inn take lead on EV charging points

ENGIE would be to deliver 1,000 high power electric vehicle charging points across Premier Inn hotels, in what’s the largest roll-out of high power EV chargers in the hospitality sector over the UK.

Whitbread – owner of the Premier Inn hotels, in addition to Beefeater and Brewers’ Fayre restaurants – has appointed ENGIE to set up high power GeniePoint charging points nationwide, with 600 committed across 300 hotels on the next 3 years.

Access to the charging points will undoubtedly be for guests, in addition to members of the general public utilizing the GeniePoint Network – among the largest national EV networks.  The business will install high specification 50kW+ chargers that replenish electric cars in only half an hour with 100 % renewable energy.

Business Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng said: “Electric vehicles are fundamental to your plans to cut emissions, build back greener and kick take up a green industrial revolution over the national country.

“In the same way the federal government is accelerating efforts to aid EV and battery manufacturing in the united kingdom, we should also ensure the general public can access high-power charging points at their convenience.

“This fantastic initiative between two great companies permits stress-free electric vehicle charging whenever we have the ability to visit our favourite pubs and restaurants again – allowing consumers to replenish in record time, while encouraging others to create that important switch to electric.”

Sam Hockman, Divisional CEO – Futures at ENGIE UK & Ireland said: “A large factor for drivers taking into consideration the switch to EV is usage of a broader selection of charging options. This significant investment at Premier Inn sites shall provide a huge selection of new, convenient charging locations over the UK and present customers usage of ENGIE’s wider GeniePoint network also.

“This important move by Whitbread highlights the important thing role the hospitality sector can play to aid not merely the uptake of EVs, however the UK’s wider commitment to become net zero by 2050 also.”

ENGIE will start installing the chargers in March, with the initial scheduled in Enfield, London.