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New PoGo rapid charging network launches in the UK

PoGo intends to install over 100 ultra-rapid chargers in 2023, and build more than 2,000 charging stations over the next four years

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PoGo is the latest rapid charging network to launch in the UK, with the goal of building over 2,000 ultra-rapid charging stations across the country within the next four years. The focus of the PoGo network – which if you’re wondering, stands for 'Power and Go' – is being easy to use and easy to access, for new and existing EV drivers alike. 

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There are already several dozen chargers live on the PoGo network across England and Wales, the fastest of which can supply 51kW through CCS or CHAdeMO rapid charging. However, PoGo intends to install more than 100 ultra-rapid charging points in 2023, capable of up to 100kW charging speeds and strategically located for convenient access to public amenities and food outlets.

Using one of PoGo’s DC rapid chargers will cost you 79p per kWh, while energy from its AC charging points capable of speeds between 3kW and 22kW is priced at 75p per kWh. You can find PoGo’s charging points using the live map on its website or smartphone app. Every location also has a what3words address to make finding them even easier.

PoGo charging station

You don’t need a subscription to use the PoGo charging network; all terminals are operated via contactless payment when you plug into a charger. You can set up a free account that allows you to order an RFID card to start and pay for charging sessions quicker, especially in areas with poor phone signal.

The PoGo network was launched by Swarco Smart Charging who’ve already developed electric car chargers for domestic and commercial use, and whose charging points power the existing Swarco E.Connect and ChargePlace Scotland networks.

Swarco Smart Charging’s Managing Director, Justin Meyer said: “With battery-electric cars accounting for one-third of all new registrations in December and the total number of pure EVs on UK roads now reaching over 600,000, we know that accelerating the installation of suitable charging infrastructure is needed to support the current and future demands of EV drivers.”

Eugenio Herrero, Executive Director of PoGo, added: “We are working closely with landlords to ensure an even spread across the UK so PoGo drivers can travel to each corner of the country through our ultra-rapid offering.”

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Welcome one and all, I’m Ellis the news reporter on Auto Express, the brand’s former online reviews editor and contributor to DrivingElectric. I’m proud to say I cut my teeth reporting and reviewing all things EV as the content editor on DrivingElectric. I joined the team while completing my master’s degree in automotive journalism at Coventry University and since then I’ve driven just about every electric car and hybrid I could get my hands on.

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