Q-Park UK and Chargemaster extend partnership with rollout of London Rapid Chargers

Press release   •   Nov 04, 2016 15:06 GMT

The first of these Ultrachargers is now available at the newly refurbished Q-Park Soho car park in the heart of the West End, with new units being commissioned later this month at Q-Park Chinatown and Q-Park Park Lane underneath Hyde Park.

The new rapid chargers will become part of Chargemaster’s POLAR network, which is the largest network of charging points across the UK, with members having access to more than 5,500 chargers.

Chargemaster already operates more than 100 charging points at Q-Park locations across London, with many more set to be installed to meet growing demand. The number of electric vehicles on UK roads has now surpassed 80,000 and this is expected to quadruple over the next five years. Exciting new models are expected from manufacturers including Jaguar, Audi, Mercedes and Volkswagen to add to the models already available from BMW, Renault, Nissan and Tesla.

The Ultracharger can charge most electric cars up to 80% capacity in just 20 minutes. The charger has has been designed and built in the UK. It has a 12-inch touch screen user interface and many other advanced features. Chargemaster is rolling out around 200 Ultrachargers across the UK over the next 12 months.

Visitors to Q-Park can use an Ultracharger for just 9p per kW, which equates to approximately £2.50 for a full charge in a Nissan Leaf or BMW i3 and standard parking charges still apply when visiting Q-Park. 

Head of Sales and Marketing from Q-Park, John Denton from Q-Park commented: “We are excited about providing this additional service to our customers in London in partnership with Chargemaster. We have a growing number of electric vehicle customers and this is an important part of the Q-Park total service proposition.”

David Martell, Chief Executive of Chargemaster, said: “This is a major step forward for electric vehicle owners in London. Until now there have been very few rapid chargers in the capital, with those available costing around £6 to charge a typical EV. We are delighted to work with Q-Park to provide these facilities and help the move towards a low emission London with improved air quality.”

For more information about products and services please visit www.q-park.co.uk.

Q-Park is one of the leading providers of parking facilities in Europe, whether wholly-owned, leased, managed or in a hybrid business model. Q-Park is notable for its quality approach and has a portfolio comprising over 5.800 parking facilities and 800.000 parking spaces and has strong market positions in 10 North-West European countries; the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Great Britain, France, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland.

Q-Park arrived in the UK in 2001 and is now one of the UK’s leading car park companies with 60 car parking facilities housing some 50,000 parking spaces in key locations in the UK with over 15 million visitors every year. (Including Aberdeen, Birmingham, Croydon, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Reading, Sheffield and York.)

Q-Park partner with many different organisations to offer discounted parking to their customers. One such organisation is SOLT (Society of London Theatres) where theatre goers are given a 50% discount when they visit a West End Theatre.

2015 North of England Excellence Awards Winners of Q-Park Rewards Loyalty App – Special Category Award for Innovation.

Q-Park has won a RoSPA Health & Safety Award and also holds 59 ParkMark Safer Parking Scheme accreditations, 15 European Standard Parking Awards (ESPA) and a Silver Investors in People Award.

Q-Park offer customers many complimentary services at their parking facilities which include free baby buggy and umbrella loans as well as jump starters and heart defibrillators in case of emergencies.