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One of UK's largest electric car charging facilities opens in Swindon

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One of the largest electric car charging facilities in the UK has opened at the Swindon headquarters of vehicle leasing company Arval.

The firm has brought 43 charging points online for staff who work at the Windmill Hill Business park office. A further seven are available for businesses using the same building.

The firm has also installed charging points at its offices in Manchester and Birmingham.

The fleet hire specialists already have 100 electric vehicles within their own fleet, and expects the number to rise as availability, choice and experience grows.

“As a business, we are committed to supporting the ongoing energy transition toward electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles and this means giving drivers convenient access to charging points," said Ailsa Firth, human resources director.

The charge points and charging services at the Arval UK offices are being provided by NewMotion, the European leader in smart charging solutions for EVs.

General manager UK, Alan McCleave, said: "We’ll be holding roadshows at Arval’s UK head office to introduce employees to the charging sites, the surrounding framework, and to show them how they work.”

All Arval employees who register will be provided with a validated charge fob. This will enable charging sessions at the NewMotion charge points at the Arval office.

They will be able to charge at work for free for the first six months from when charge points go live. In addition, they will be able to use over 100,000 publicly available NewMotion charging locations throughout Europe, accessible with the same charge fob.

Miguel Cabaça, managing director at Arval UK added that the new charging development was also intended to act as a test ground and working example for customers who were thinking of increasingly electrifying their company cars and vans.

“We are delighted to be working with NewMotion on such a major installation. Every day we see a growing interest in electric vehicles from a broad cross section of our customers.

"By leading the way in adoption and creating the necessary infrastructure, we hope to provide a real world illustration of the practicalities behind the energy transition.”