Electric Vehicles have been on our roads for a very long time, yet today there is a raise in the popularity of EV. The demand for electric drive vehicles, whether it be a hybrid, plug in hybrid or all-electric, will continue to climb as consumers look for ways to save money at the pump. With this high demand and more EV’s on our roads, it is now extremely important that we have more charging points in relevant locations. Therefore, EV charging infrastructure service provider, Franklin Energy are working alongside Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL), financial and profession service firm to propose more destination charging points are installed.
The car parks of hotels, restaurants, shopping centres and resorts are in need of electric vehicle charging points for the legislation that the UK government must meet 80% reduction in carbon emission by 2050. The UK also have 1 million forecasted sales for plug in vehicles by the end of 2020 and with the statics standing at a 10:1 ratio of electric vehicles to fast charging points and a 50:1 ration of electric vehicles to rapid charging points, there is an obvious need for more EV destination charging points to meet the amount of EV’s on our roads. Currently the EV pioneer has a network of more than 100 locations for destination charging points in the UK along with more than 30 locations for ‘superchargers’ which charge its cars in minutes rather than hours. “If you haven’t got EV charging points in your car park, people simply wont come. The agent is predicting that 75% of car parks will have charging points for EV’s by 2025,” says Paul Gallagher, car parking and road side consultant in the JLL’s team.
Franklin were responsible for launching the UK’s first privately funded charging network in March 2016 with Q Park UK. They are now naturally keen to expand their charging network with new location partners to meet the demand they encountered during their initial phase. Franklin are now looking to deploy a phased roll-out of fast charging points, initially starting with 2 (dual) charging points per site and then eventually look to install accelerate the number of charging points installs per site from 2017-2021. The sites will be determined by Franklin in discussion with JLL and Frankin Energy will supply the EV charging infrastructure and subsequent support with no upfront Capex cost to JLL. Charging points will be operated using market leading cloud based software provided by Charge and Drive, this will allow JLL to access the live data feed to the Franklin network at any time to check its status and network performance.
Franklin are also working closely with advertising companies in the hope that in the near future they can install charging points with integrated advertisement screens, building services and technologies around the network will help to maximise utilisation and create new revenue streams for both JLL and Franklin, but for now Franklin are working alongside JLL to roll out charging points in new developments.