Marston's pubs partner with Engenie to install rapid chargers

19 sites live by early 2019; total network of 400 chargers planned

Pub chain Marston's Inns & Taverns has announced a tie-up with charging-point provider Engenie to install a network of rapid chargers at its sites across the UK.

A total of 400 charging points will be installed in the course of the project, with an initial batch of 19 sites getting a pair of points each by early 2019.

The 50kW SWARCO eVolt chargers that are being installed will be powered by 100% renewable energy and allow up to three cars to charge at a time.

In accordance with government regulations, they'll require no membership or connection fee and operate with all contactless payment cards. Depending on particular cars' battery capacity, an 80% charge should take from 30 to 60 minutes.

Speaking about the partnership, Andy Kershaw, head of facilities management and projects at Marston’s, said: "Our goal is to become the UK’s most environmentally efficient pub business. By partnering with innovative and customer-focused organisations like Engenie, we’ll continue to hold ourselves and the sector to the highest possible environmental standards.”

Engenie business development director Patrick Sherriff added: “Partnering with household names like Marston’s to offer rapid charging is a huge boost to our ambition of building a UK-wide public rapid charging network.

"Marston’s pubs and restaurants are the ideal setting for our rapid chargers, giving drivers the convenience of charging their EV while they stop to eat, check e-mails or take a break from their journeys. At the same time contributing locally to cleaner air for their family customer base.”

Two Engenie chargers will be installed at each of the following Marston’s pubs and restaurants by early 2019:

Chalkhill Blue, Andover
Cherry Laurel, Bridgend
Silver Birch, Cleckheaton
Kings Highway, Derby (single charger)
Spring River, Ebbsfleet
Old Plane Tree, Glasgow
Red Sails, Hull
The Elms, Lutterworth
Little Castle, Markham Vale
Poppy Fields, Maidstone
Lingfield Farm, Middlesbrough
Talardy, St Asaph
Highland Gate, Stirling
Pepper Mill, Stoke-on-Trent
Kings Chamber, Thorne
Ruddy Duck, Wakefield
The Bakehouse, Welwyn
Black Pole, Worcester
Plas Coch, Wrexham