SMS launches new EV chargepoint infrastructure solution
Energy solutions business, SMS plc, has launched an end-to-end electric vehicle (EV) chargepoint infrastructure solution to help UK organisations establish, manage, and grow their car charging networks.
The new service offers businesses looking to invest in and monetise EV chargepoint assets a full life cycle proposition, from initial consultancy and design of electrical infrastructure, through to technology procurement, installation, and ongoing operation and maintenance. SMS will deliver its managed chargepoint solutions as a fully funded or part-funded service, helping to significantly lower the financial barrier organisations face when deploying the technology at scale.
In partnership with charge point operator (CPO) and software-as-a-service (SaaS) company, Clenergy EV, SMS will also offer access to innovative chargepoint management software that allows organisations to manage and monitor all aspects of their business charging network via an Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP)-compliant platform.
With a recent report commissioned by Transport and Environment (T&E) highlighting that there are currently more EV chargepoints in workplaces (33,000) than public chargers (31,500), SMS looks to assist private and public sector organisations across both of these key market segments, supporting the UK Government’s EV Infrastructure Strategy to reach 300,000 chargepoints nationwide by 2030.
In addition to workplace and public charging, SMS is also targeting the destination charging market – which broadly refers to chargepoints installed by leisure, retail, and hospitality businesses – as well as the fleet sector. SMS brings to the EV charging marketplace significant energy consultancy and engineering heritage, with the company having played a leading role in delivering some of the UK’s flagship utility infrastructure programmes over recent years. This includes the Government-mandated smart meter rollout, the development of grid-scale Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS), and expert electrical infrastructure support for the telecom industry’s new 5G networks.
Guy Bartlett, Managing Director of SMS Energy Services division, said:
As an independent, tech-agnostic EV charging partner, other than our considerable expertise helping establish the UK’s critical electrical infrastructure, what we look to bring to the rapidly growing chargepoint market is a crucial flexibility of choice. Unlike many of our closed network competitors operating in this space, our goal is to help customers seize total control over who supplies their chargepoint estates, helping select the hardware that best fits their precise business needs, whilst also providing the engineering skills to deliver an optimum charging solution.
“At SMS, we believe that encouraging and enabling interoperability across the UK’s EV chargepoint network is essential to helping create the best possible experience for drivers, which will in turn improve general uptake of EVs and ultimately help strengthen the business case for investing in chargepoint infrastructure. That is why we’ve chosen to partner with Clenergy EV and offer our customers the benefit of OCPP-compliant software, which allows network owners to control chargepoints from multiple manufacturers via one platform.
“We also believe that cost should not stand in the way of businesses who wish to benefit from the many commercial and environmental advantages made available by EV charging assets. We’re proud therefore to offer the marketplace our funded solutions that remove one of the major obstacles to asset investment.”