M&S introduces rapid chargers for EV customers in Kent

The retailer has partnered with bp Chargemaster to launch its first EV rapid chargers at its new site in Maidstone Eclipse Park

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M&S has partnered with the provider of electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure bp Chargemaster to launch the first rapid chargers at its new store in Maidstone Eclipse Park in Kent.

The three new 50kW chargers are supplied by 100% renewable electricity and feature both contactless payment terminals and connectors for all capable EVs.

The chargers are the first in a five-store trial and have been installed with investment from bp Chargemaster.

Helen Milford, Director of Stores for M&S said: “At M&S we know our actions today protect our planet for tomorrow and we’re committed to the use of renewable energy within our own operations and supporting our customers, which makes this a really exciting trial for us.”

Matteo de Renzi, CEO of bp Chargemaster, commented: “As well as serving existing M&S customers who already, or will soon drive EVs, we expect the rapid chargers to bring new customers to these stores, as they are in the right locations to support those driving along the Strategic Road Network and provide a great opportunity with a brief stop.”