Arnold Clark has announced plans to install more than 500 EV chargers across the UK in an investment worth £23 million.

Customers of the dealer group will have access to the Arnold Clark Charge network, which will be available to book safely and securely on a 24/7 basis.

Eight rapid chargers, with the ability to charge up to 150kW, will be installed at larger Arnold Clark branches, with four to six rapid chargers installed at smaller branches.

Meanwhile, Arnold Clark has also announced that it has acquired Scottish-based electric vehicle charge point installers, Bumblebee.

From solar powered to smart home wall chargers, Bumblebee have the ability to install every Office of Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV)-approved charge point on the UK market.

Eddie Hawthorne, chief executive and group managing director of Arnold Clark, said, “We’re going to have over 500 fast chargers across our network, from Inverness to Southampton, from Liverpool to Milton Keynes.

“These chargers are for Arnold Clark customers and their unique selling point is that they’re bookable, available 24/7 and totally secure, while there will be preferential rates for our customers.

“It will probably make us one of the largest independent charging infrastructural suppliers in the UK when we have the network fully installed by the end of the year.

“We want to help our customers buy an electric vehicle, but we also want to help them to understand what owning, charging and driving an electric vehicle is all about. Bumblebee is part of that strategy and we’re going to be supplying customers with our own EV chargers.”


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