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Balfour Beatty enters on-street EV charging market

In partnership with Urban Electric Networks, a British EV chargepoint operating company, Balfour Beatty Investments has entered into the on-street Electric Vehicle (EV) charging market with the formation of Urban Fox.

Balfour Beatty Investments expects to invest up to £60 million of capital in the partnership to fund the roll out of up to 35,000 charge points across the UK over the next decade.

Urban Fox supports Local Authorities to achieve the green targets as set out in the UK Government’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy ‘Taking Charge’  and offers a whole life solution to EV chargepoints: funding, building, operating and maintaining a range of fast, rapid and slow chargepoints across the counties in which they will be deployed.

Its innovative pop up 7kW on-street chargepoint is the first of its kind to the market. Installed into the pavement, the unit is fully retractable underground leaving pavements clutter free and accessible when not in use.

The launch of Urban Fox follows five years of rigorous product development and testing of the retractable charging unit across Oxford, Dundee and Plymouth City Councils, as well as Staffordshire County Council. The pilots indicated that Urban Fox’s unique retractable chargers can be installed in c. 80 per cent of streets.

Gavin Russell, CEO Balfour Beatty Investments added: “In order to achieve the Government’s 2050 Net Zero strategy, it’s imperative that alternative energy sources are widely available and accessible.

“Balfour Beatty’s close and long-standing relationships with Local Authorities across the length and breadth of the UK make us well able to tackle the challenge head on; putting our unrivalled capability in providing green infrastructure for communities and our innovative, collaborative spirit to good use.”

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