Consortium sets sights on EV street charging revolution

Liberty Global, the owner of Virgin Media, has unveiled plans to install 1,200 electric vehicle (EV) chargers across the UK as part of a consortium.

It will roll out EV charging stations, using Virgin Media’s connectivity, to build a fully scalable EV charging network. It will leverage Virgin Media’s 40,000 powered street cabinets and 170,000km of underground ducts. The project has been developed together with Innovate UK with the goal of aiding local authorities in finding a solution to limited on-street electric car charging points.

Operating under the name of Virgin Media Park & Charge, the 19-strong consortium includes partners such as Vattenfall, SMS plc, Cenex, Fully Charged and Loughborough University, along with several local authorities. 

Jason Simpson, Vice President Global Energy and Utilities, said: “Leveraging street cabinets allows Liberty Global to look beyond traditional uses of telecom infrastructure and make a positive impact on the environment and in communities throughout the UK. By bringing more electric vehicle chargers and associated connectivity to Britain’s streets, we are making a significant contribution to Innovate UK’s ambition to encourage more people to buy electric cars.”

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