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POLAR network switches to renewable energy

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Chargemaster’s POLAR network of 5,600 charging points will be supplied by renewable energy from the 1st of August, aimed at cutting carbon emissions for users.

Man charging electric vehicle with Chargemaster station

The POLAR network includes 5,600 points, including former Plugged-in places units.

From next week, the network’s electricity consumption will be monitored, certified and matched to energy generated from renewable sources, indirectly enabling its 40,000 members to charge without using fossil fuels.

POLAR comprises around 40% of the UK’s charging network, and supplied 500,000kWh of electricity in the first six months of the year; equivalent to more than 16,600 full charges of a Nissan LEAF. Chargemaster said will be no increase in price as a result of the switch to renewables.

David Martell, chief executive of Chargemaster said: “Switching POLAR, the UK’s largest EV charging network, to renewable energy is great news for EV drivers in the UK. It reduces the overall emissions of electric motoring, removing the upstream footprint of electricity generation in the same way as drivers have eliminated their tailpipe emissions.”

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Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.