In this round-up of electric vehicle charging infrastructure news, Swarco eVolt lauds its record breaking 2018 as it prepares for a year of further growth and Ground Control unveils its new EV charger lease model.

Swarco eVolt lauds record breaking year as it plans 2019 expansion

Electric vehicle charging firm Swarco eVolt has lauded a record breaking year in 2018 and planned for further growth in the year ahead.

The EV charger installation business has installed more than 6,250 eVolt-branded charging points throughout the UK after a bumper 2018, and ended last year with a new contract from Engenie to deploy several hundred DC rapid charging stations over the next 18 months.

To cater for that growth, an additional nine frontline engineers and call centre staff are to be hired while 100kW and 150kW versions of its Raption Rapid Charger model are to be launched later this year.

“We realise that to stay on top we need to continue to innovate. To that end we will be launching a series of new e-mobility products and services in 2019, with a particular focus on further integration with intelligent traffic technologies inherent within the Swarco Group,” the firm’s general manager Justin Meyer said.

Ground Control unveils new lease hire model for ChargePoint tech

EV charge point supplier Ground Control has taken aim at the commercial EV charger market with a new lease hire option for ChargePoint branded charging units.

Ground Control said the new offering would provide businesses in the UK with greater flexibility and further options when considering installing EV charge points at their premises, reducing the need for upfront investment.

Ground Control business development manager for EV charging solutions Andy Gray said the lease hire model would also allow businesses to scale up their EV charging facilities gradually and in response to demand, and for costs as “little as the price of a cup of coffee and a sandwich per day”.

ChargePoint, predominantly known in the US, targeted the UK’s growing EV charging market last year.

The Phoenix Works adopts Jumptech’s data platform for EV installs

EV charge point installer The Phoenix Works has adopted Jumptech’s data collection software to help it streamline its installation operations.

The Phoenix Works said it was being supplied with incomplete data from both domestic and commercial customers when installing EV charge points, slowing the process and resulting in costly on-site visits by technical engineers.

Jumptech’s data capture software professes to make the data collection process easier, guiding customers through the process without the need of engineer visits. This in turn allows installers to produce a quote for the work required and generated Office for Low Emissions Vehicles forms, necessary to receive EV charger incentives, on-site.

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