Addison Lee has announced a new partnership with ChargePoint, one of the world’s largest EV charging station networks, to install ultra-rapid EV chargers at its new West Drayton Fleet Hub.
The installation of two ChargePoint ultra-rapid EV chargers, with dual charging capability provides a guaranteed location for four drivers to charge their electric vehicles at once.
ChargePoint will also provide software to allow Addison Lee partner drivers to see if the stations are currently in use, ensuring they don’t waste valuable time travelling to an unavailable charging point. The drivers will also have access to thousands of chargers across London through the ChargePoint app.
Just a couple of miles from Heathrow Airport, the West Drayton Fleet Hub is a multi-purpose centre covering vehicle servicing, driver training, and rest facilities for drivers.
With 1,000 Volkswagen ID.4 EVs already on the fleet, the co-operation with ChargePoint supports Addison Lee’s pledge to electrify its entire fleet by the end of 2023. Once Addison Lee’s passenger car fleet is fully electric, it will save up to 20,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Addison Lee has also provided drivers with support for home charging and has negotiated deals that provide its drivers with access to more than 4,000 rapid chargers across London.
Addison Lee CEO Liam Griffin said: “We’ve made great strides in transitioning our standard fleet to electric by 2023, recently hitting the milestone of 1,000 EVs on the fleet in just over 14 months. With access to reliable charging infrastructure still the main barrier for drivers switching to electric, we remain committed to investing in these innovative partnerships working together to tackle the ongoing infrastructure challenges across the capital.”
Richard Holden MP, Minister for Roads and Local Transport said: “Companies like Addison Lee and ChargePoint can play a vital role in the UK’s transition to cleaner vehicles while supporting economic growth, and we continue to work closely with industry on the path to all new cars being zero-emission by 2035.”
Tanya Sinclair, senior director of public policy, Europe at ChargePoint, said: “Our cooperation with Addison Lee makes it easier for drivers to confidently locate, initiate and pay for charging, not only here in Heathrow, but throughout London and the UK using ChargePoint’s own stations and partner stations accessible via roaming. Inter network roaming must be encouraged at all levels if we are to enable fleets and commercial drivers to seamlessly transition to EV.”