New electric charging network launched

Created by Chargemaster, Polar’s EV membership scheme gives EV drivers the means to charge their cars wherever they are and includes 4,000 new charging points.

Phil Hammond MP, Secretary for Transport said: “Today’s announcement by Chargemaster is exactly the kind of private-sector-led initiative that we need to drive the development of our national network of recharging infrastructure”.

Along with Government supported plugged in places Polar offers over 4,000 charging points; an iPhone / iPad app showing charge point locations and availability; and, a range of member benefits including discounts on parking, hotels and restaurants.

David Martell, chief executive of Chargemaster, commented: “The launch of Polar is an exciting step forward for the UK. Chargemaster is proud to be at the forefront of the sector, and with 4,000 charging bays across the UK by the end of 2012, we are striving to make low carbon motoring, a viable choice for British motorists.”

Partnerships have been established with Little Chef, Waitrose, NCP and Britannia Parking (amongst others) and these businesses will be equipped with EV charging points.

The Polar scheme will be showcasing vehicles such as the Vauxhall Ampera and Chevrolet Volt.

The Polar launch will initially be in approximately 100 towns and cities across the UK providing fully installed electric vehicle charging bays by the end of 2012.

For Access to the Polar charging points there will be a monthly membership subscription as well as a 90 pence fee each time you use a charging point. One full charge supplies your car with 100 miles of electric car driving.

Hammond added: “It is good to see the Government’s pump priming investment, delivered through the Plugged-In-Places programme, leading so quickly to private sector investment in public charging infrastructure.”

By 2020, it is widely expected that one in every ten cars in the UK will be an EV, with 20,000 EVs in use by as early as the end of 2013.