In Partnership with Virgin Media & Innovate UK
Leveraging Virgin Media’s 40,000 powered street cabinets and 170,000km of ducts, Liberty Charge’s ‘Virgin Media Park & Charge’ project has been created in partnership with Innovate UK, the UK government’s research and innovation department, to help local authorities find a solution to limited on-street EV electric car charging points encouraging more people to use electric vehicles.
In addition to Virgin Media’s powered network infrastructure, the project utilises the UK operator’s construction and deployment capabilities and its trusted relationships with local authority partners.
Liberty Global aims to deploy and operate 1,200 charging sockets across the country through the project by the end of 2021. The rollout of electric vehicle charging stations will build a fully scalable EV charging network, helping the UK government move closer to its goal of reducing net carbon emissions to zero by 2050.
Liberty Global is taking part in the project as part of a 19-strong consortium led by SMS Plc and specialist technology partners Cenex, Ginger Town, Fully Charged, Connected Kerb, DETA and Loughborough University. This is in addition to several local authorities including the West Midlands Combined Authority as well as councils in Oxfordshire, Liverpool, Southend-on-Sea, Worcestershire, Wandsworth, Croydon, Northamptonshire, Hammersmith & Fulham and Belfast.