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In the spotlight: Polar Network UK

The POLAR Network is a UK national EV charging network with over 5000 charge points. We spoke to POLAR Network's Evie Martel to find out more about the work that it does, and what's to come...

Can you tell me about POLAR Network UK and the work that it does?

The POLAR network is the UK's largest electric vehicle charging network. It connects over 30,000 electric car drivers to some 5,500 charge points across the UK, so customers can charge up whilst on the move.

What are the biggest challenges that you have come across with POLAR Network UK?

Due to the very fast increase of electric car drivers in the UK, we are always looking for ways to keep up with the demand and find new locations for charge points. We are currently working on a huge project to roll-out over 200 rapid chargers this year.

How big is the POLAR Network?

The POLAR network has over 5,500 charge points. In January 2017, it also started allowing customers to access the Charge Your Car network with their POLAR plus.

Tell us about the POLAR EV experience...

The POLAR EV Experience gives customers the chance to try out a whole range of electric vehicles on the market. With a selection of vehicles, from BMW i8, Tesla X and Tesla S, to other EVs, for example the windowless Renault Twizy, we love giving customers the chance to try out other cars for a week.

How big is the demand for EV charging points? Have you noticed any changes in recent years?

The electric vehicle market has increased 10-fold over the last 6 years. This means that we are constantly looking for ways to improve the technology and speed of our units as well as roll out even more chargers across the country, from 7kW destination chargers to 50kW rapid chargers.

What do you think are the reasons behind people investing in EVs?

There are many fantastic reasons that people are switching to green motoring. Not only is it more environmentally friendly, but also customers can make significant savings, with no fuel costs, no congestion charge, no road tax and significant government grants to help with vehicle purchase as well as for charging points at businesses.

How do you see the future of the EV market growing?

We see the electric vehicle market at the tipping point of becoming mainstream. The UK has just hit 100,000 EVs and we see this to be over one million by 2020. Through government and council initiatives, we are ready for the challenge!

Are there any specific innovations/ new technologies that you find particularly interesting at the moment?

We are currently looking into inductive (wireless) charging as well as broader projects, like the soon-to-launch EV Experience Centre in Milton Keynes.

What’s next for the POLAR Network?

We are working on a huge installation project of over 200 rapid chargers this year alone at many motorway junctions. We want to see more customers connected and making longer journeys with their EVs.

All figures provided are thos eof the POLAR network and not those of Go Green Leasing.

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Posted on 4th July 2017 at 10:11 AM

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