Suffolk plays host to first “open” EV charging network

The UK’s first fully open electric vehicle (EV) charging network was launched in Suffolk in February.

In partnership with Bulb and Suffolk County Council, EO Charging’s Plug in Suffolk allows users to pay with a credit card, rather than requiring membership of a network, use of an app or an RFID card. The pilot has been encouraging local businesses to adopt EV charging stations from just £1.99/charger/day with charge points able to be installed in any car park, meaning public charging is readily available to EV drivers.

The stations are funded, installed, maintained and operated by EO Charging with 400 set to be fitted at car parks and businesses over the course of 2019.

EO Charging Founder Charlie Jardine told the BBC that discussions were underway to extend the scheme across the UK. Jardine said: “Charging should be as easy as buying groceries – simply tap and go. We’re having conversations about replicating the model and then we’ll roll it out as far and wide as we can.”