Charge point operator Zest has begun work on a project to provide 173 EV charging spaces, designed to serve staff, students and visitors, in car parks across the University of Warwick campus.

Zest is investing £1.3m over the 15-year agreement to provide and operate the charging facilities, and there will be no cost to the University.

The facilities are projected to save more than 15,000 tonnes of CO2, equivalent to 69 million miles driven in a petrol car.

The charging facilities support the university’s ambitions to place sustainability at the heart of its campus operations, research and education.

Islam Parvez, Director of Environmental Sustainability at the University of Warwick said: “Our goal is to reduce carbon emissions generated through all forms of transport and mobility, by providing greater choice and more sustainable forms of travel and opportunities to charge vehicles on campus.

“By working in partnership with Zest, we have been able to match our strong commitment to sustainability with real action.

“With charging spaces in the hundreds, drivers on campus will be reassured that switching to EV is a sustainable, desirable and convenient option.”

Robin Heap, CEO at Zest said: “With its deep expertise in automotive research and development, we are not surprised that the University of Warwick is taking the lead with a large-scale deployment of EV infrastructure.

“By providing abundant charging facilities now, more drivers will be encouraged to switch, with all of the climate decarbonisation and air quality benefits that go with it.

“We’re excited to see their positive effects, both on driver behaviours and in stimulating new automotive research.”


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