As the number of electric vehicles (EVs) on UK roads continues to multiply against a backdrop of charge point shortages, two EV companies have agreed a partnership aimed at providing more chargers for businesses across the UK.
EV charging software platform, Monta, and charge point manufacturer, CTEK, have entered an agreement that will see the two provide a complete package of EV charging for UK businesses - from charge point installation and management to payment and customer support.
While plug-in cars grew by 280% between 2019 and 2021, the number of public charge points increased by less than 70%.
But this, Monta and CTEK argue, presents the perfect opportunity for more business and land-owners to get on board, opening up a brand new revenue stream.
“Although the number of charge points have increased over the past few years, it simply isn’t moving fast enough,” said Alok Dubey, UK country manager at Monta. “We believe there’s a real gap in the market for UK businesses to start offering EV chargers, which is why we’ve partnered with CTEK to provide a service that streamlines and manages the entire process.”
The UK government recently extended the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) throughout 2022 and expanded it to provide more support for small businesses, with up to £15,000 available per building towards the cost of installing charge points.
“Combining the software of Monta and hardware of CTEK means business owners get an end-to-end solution with minimal fuss. As everything is connected, it means we can see potential owners through the entire process - from installation to completion - to get them up and running as fast as possible,” said Dubey.
The partnership will provide businesses with features such as smart queueing, reservation, and load-balancing. Plus, as the charge points are open protocol, any make or model of EV is able to use the chargers.
Cecilia Routledge, global director energy & facilities at CTEK, said of the news, “From our own research, we know that charger anxiety and infrastructure shortages present the biggest roadblocks for potential EV owners, but there’s a huge opportunity for UK businesses to solve this conundrum while opening up a brand new revenue stream.
“To keep up with the pace of EV demand, we need to be able to provide chargers that can solve current challenges as well as prepare for the next generation of electric vehicles. Monta’s intelligent charging features as well as its ability to embrace open charge points were important factors for us when deciding to team up, and we’re ready to make it even easier for business owners to provide charging solutions of their own,” Rampage concluded.