ENGIE is to provide Premier Inn hotels with 1,000 electric vehicle (EV) charge points.
Whitbread PLC, the owner of the Premier Inn Hotel chain, have said they plan to install charge points at 300 hotels across the country over the next three years.
Access to the charging points will be for guests, as well as members of the public using the GeniePoint Network – one of the largest national EV networks.
ENGIE will install high specification 50kW+ chargers that refuel electric cars in just 30 minutes with 100% renewable energy.
ENGIE will begin installing the chargers in March, with the first scheduled in Enfield, London.
Business Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng said: ‘Electric vehicles are key to our plans to cut emissions, build back greener and kick start a green industrial revolution across the country.
‘Just as the Government is accelerating efforts to support EV and battery manufacturing in the UK, we must also ensure the public can access high-power charging points at their convenience.
‘This fantastic initiative between two great companies will allow for stress-free electric vehicle charging when we are able to visit our favourite pubs and restaurants again – allowing consumers to charge up in record time while encouraging others to make that all-important switch to electric.â€?
Simon Leigh, procurement director at Premier Inn added: ‘Electric vehicles are one of the ways in which the UK strives for a greener future and we’re pleased to help drive this goal forward with what we believe is the UK’s biggest roll-out of rapid charging points to date.
‘We know that ‘range anxiety’ is a real concern for many of our guests who own electric cars. Knowing that in many locations they will soon be able to arrive and have access to a high-speed charge point to quickly refuel their car while they relax and refuel themselves will be a great source of comfort.
‘A combination of our excellent locations and guests being able to wake up knowing they can safely get back on the road again means Premier Inn and ENGIE are the perfect partners for these charge points.’
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