Global EV charging company, JOLT today announced its launch in the UK, initially with a partnership with the London Borough of Barnet to provide a network of free, fast and clean roadside charger stations to EV drivers for the first time.
JOLT plans to roll out thousands of charging stations across the UK in coming years as part of its mission to help reduce barriers to EV ownership and accelerating e-mobility in the UK as a sustainable transport option.
EV drivers will now have access to 7kWh, or around 30 miles, of free, fast and clean EV charging per day with approximately 15 minutes of charge time and without the need for at-home charging facilities.
Across the UK there were 36 electric cars on the road to every standard public charger in 2022. Meanwhile, an estimated one-third of drivers do not have access to off-street parking. Drivers relying on public charging are being left behind. Based on the company’s internal research, EV drivers who charge with JOLT can save up to £840 annually on charging expenses.
JOLT’s DC fast chargers offer the UK’s standard connecters, powering and ensuring compatibility with EV models on the road. The first installations of the JOLT state-of-the-art charge stations in Barnet has begun, with the network rolling out over the next months.
The partnership follows a £2.1m funding grant to the London Borough of Barnet, as part of the Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) Pilot Project, a government scheme supporting the rollout of EV charging infrastructure. LEVI aims to deliver a step change in the expansion and growth of on-street charging infrastructure across the country.
Decarbonisation Minister, Jesse Norman, said: “Our public electric vehicle charging network is growing quickly – in October there were over 50,000 public charging devices – a 43% increase since this time last year. This project between Barnet and JOLT will give local people more confidence to go electric, especially residents without access to off-street parking.”
Councillor Alan Schneiderman, Cabinet Member for Environment & Climate Change, said: “We are a council that cares for people, our places and the planet and that means we have a duty to ensure the air we breathe is clean. So, I’m very pleased to see London’s first JOLT charge points being installed in Barnet as another step towards making transport in the borough more environmentally friendly. As well as clean air, our ambition is for Barnet to be net zero by 2042 and, as such, we need to continue to work with our communities and partners to find the right solutions to get us there – joining the JOLT EV charging network is part of this.”
John Rainford, UK Country Manager, JOLT, said: “Accelerating e-mobility, in a way that’s equitable and sustainable to all involved, is at the heart of what we do at JOLT. We are proud to express our commitment to making EV charging accessible through seamless customer experience, especially for those without home charging, and empowering EV ownership in the UK, while helping minimise emissions created by transport. Thanks to our partners who are working towards the same ambitious net zero goals, we anticipate accelerated growth and expansion of JOLT’s EV charging infrastructure across the country.”