British hotel chain to set up 1,000 fast-charging points

British hotel chain to set up 1,000 fast-charging points

British hotel chain Premier Inn has contracted energy company Engie to supply up to 1,000 fast charging points for electric cars, with an initial plan to install 600 charging points with more than 50 kW capacity at 300 hotels over the next three years.

The charging points will not only be used by hotel guests, but will also be part of Engie's public charging network GeniePoint, according to both partners. Engie will start the installation in March. Which charging points with which connections will be installed (CCS, CHAdeMO and Type 2) is not clear from the announcements. There is also no information about the detailed schedule for the remaining 400 charging points.

Customers will be able to find out which hotels will be equipped with charging points via Engie's GeniePoint app. In the announcement, Engie says the first charging points are planned for Enfield, London. Engie usually charges a one-off "connection fee" per charge, and also charges 30 pence/kWh, the equivalent of €0.34/kWh, regardless of charging speed. At fast chargers, a blocking fee of £10 (€11.28) will be charged after 90 minutes.

The Premier Inn hotels are owned by Whitbread, which also owns restaurant chains Beefeater and Brewers Fayre. "We know that 'range anxiety' is a real issue for many of our guests who own electric cars," says Simon Leigh, Group Procurement Director at Whitbread. "Knowing that they will soon be able to arrive at many places and charge their car quickly while they relax is a great source of comfort. "Sam Hockman of Engie UK & Ireland adds, "This important move by Whitbread underlines the key role the hospitality sector can play in supporting not only the uptake of electric vehicles, but also the UK's wider commitment to becoming net zero by 2050. "engie.co.uk, premierinn.com