Scottish Govt. enlists Allstar to support vision for EV

10th May 2024
Harry Fowle

Allstar has announced it is supporting the Scottish government’s EV initiative for an ideal public charging offering.

Launching as the first business charging provider directly linked to ChargePlace Scotland the public EV charging network established by the Scottish Government, will open up the EV charging payments network to businesses that operate throughout Scotland, as well as the wider United Kingdom.

ChargePlace Scotland (CPS) was established by the Scottish Government to incentivise EV uptake, developed through grant funding to public bodies, private, and third sector organisations. CPS has since established itself as one of the largest public charging networks in the UK and, through this collaboration, Allstar is helping to ensure drivers have uninterrupted and reliable access to all charge points across its network.

The Scottish government’s vision sets out an ‘ideal’ public charging offer for cars and vans in Scotland. This is structured around core themes, from comprehensive structure to accessibility, drawn from engagement with a wide range of stakeholders with local communities, businesses and visitors at its heart, aligning perfectly with Allstar’s mission of helping simplify the UK’s transition to electrification.

The partnership ensures drivers can pay for EV charging all the way from the picturesque Shetland Islands to the rugged Scottish Borders, with access to more than 2,800 chargers and over 6,000 connectors across more than 1,400 locations, all via one payment method, answering a critical need. Aside from London, Scotland has the highest level of charging provision for its population with 93 devices per 100,000, marginally higher than the overall UK provision which is 89 devices per 100,000. With the country well equipped to cater to increasing demand, it is imperative that businesses are supported to use them.

Business customers can access EV charging across Scotland via Allstar’s award winning* Allstar Chargepass business payment solution, which simplifies payment for EV charging whether at home and/or at public charge points. It also supports fleets that are planning their transition to EV, wherever on their journey they may be, providing businesses with the ultimate flexibility across their total fuel and charging expenses. 

Ashley Tate, MD, Allstar Chargepass UK, commented: “At Allstar we’re committed to providing unparalleled convenience, ensuring that businesses around the UK, no matter where they are based or do business, can travel to where they need to be. That’s why we support the Scottish government’s mission to provide the best EV charging experience possible for the region.”

He added: “We’re delighted to have partnered with ChargePlace Scotland who are the provider to over half of the public charge points in Scotland to provide our unmatched award winning* payment solution. Together we will enhance simplicity for business customers, as through Allstar they can now pay at 75% of the Scottish network, enabling drivers to travel from one end of Scotland to the other seamlessly with a single payment solution.

"It’s great to have ChargePlace Scotland join our vast network of charge point operators and follows in quick succession since we launched with Tesla Supercharger in March this year. We’re looking forward to seeing what the rest of this year will bring for our network growth as we aim to be the UK’s largest.”

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