30th November 2016 –
Birmingham and Luton airports in the UK will soon boast the first off-airport car parks to offer free electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. The EV stations are being installed by POD Point at the Airparks car parks close to the UK gateways. According to POD Point, the units will be available for use to all EV drivers that are looking to park their car at the airports from the end of this month.
Airparks currently provides airport parking to over 500,000 customers per year. While this is the first installation for Airparks, a move is currently in discussion to roll out the charging stations at other UK airports as well as the rest of the Airparks estate. Erik Fairbairn, CEO of POD Point, said:
“This is a move that simply makes sense for all parties. It not only gives EV drivers a clear destination of choice for knowing their car will be secure and well managed while away, but also peace of mind of knowing that whatever time of day they land back, their car is charged and ready to go. More charge points mean greater take-up of EV cars, and this is a significant step towards our target of having a POD Point everywhere people park for an hour or more by 2020.”
Andrew Bird, general manager at Airparks, noted:
“We are proud to be the first off-airport car park to offer free electric vehicle (EV) charging at our Birmingham and Luton car parks. We’re committed to constantly evolving our products to benefit our customer’s needs; and this new service means that people driving electric vehicles can use Airparks’ car parks and return from their trip to a fully charged vehicle. The EV market is growing year on year and we hope that Airparks will be the car park of choice for EV owners flying from Birmingham and Luton.”
Airparks is the latest in a string of high-profile partnerships secured by POD Point as EV ownership starts to grow in the UK.
Only last month a partnership was announced to be the sole charge provider for the Hyundai Ioniq range, while this followed similar agreements earlier this year with Volkswagen and Nissan to be the recommended supplier of home and workplace charge points in the UK.