Brewer and pub company Wells & Co has announced the installation of its first 23 rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging points at seven of its UK sites.
The pub chain has partnered with Osprey Charging Network (Osprey) to build and manage the chargepoints.
The agreement will see an initial 12 rapid charging locations created (totalling almost 50 rapid chargers) across the Wells & Co. estate. This includes three high-power charging hubs.
New sites that will be equipped with three 75kW rapid chargers include d’Parys Hotel in Bedford,
The Chequers Inn in Knebworth, Old White Horse in Baldock, The Swan Inn in Milton Keynes and Kings Arms in Newport Pagnell.
Two have also been installed at Cottage Inn, Kenilworth, with an ultra-rapid six-charger hub expected to go live soon in The Eaton Oak, St Neot’s.
Nick Wells, head of estates at Wells & Co, said: “We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Osprey. We will be working with both our managed houses and our pub partners to help support a widespread network across the country for electric vehicle drivers.
“Wells are committed to our Triple Bottom Line Philosophy that balances people, planet and profit, and this is just one of many initiatives underway in our business.”
Osprey is currently installing rapid charge points in partnership with other brewers such as Marston’s, Shepherd Neame and Punch.
Using a rapid charger, a typical electric vehicle can fully charge in between 25 and 45 minutes. Drivers can pay using a contactless bank card, with every chargepoint also being powered through 100% renewable electricity.
Ian Johnston, CEO at Osprey Charging Network, said: “We know from experience that electric vehicle drivers choose to stop at locations where they can enjoy their re-charge time in a safe and comfortable environment with food and amenities.
“Wells & Co’s pubs provide this warm welcome and high-quality experience, whilst retaining the individuality of each pub. We’re delighted that our rapid charge points can add a valuable service to these unique locations.”