BP Chargemaster and M&S have partnered to assess the use of electric vehicle (EV) rapid charging at M&S stores across the UK.
An installation of three 50kW rapid chargers at Maidstone is the first in a five-store trial.
The chargers, which are backed with renewable electricity, feature easy-to-use contactless payment terminals and connectors for all capable electric vehicles.
Helen Milford, director of stores for M&S, said: “At M&S we know our actions today protect our planet for tomorrow and we’re committed to the use of renewable energy within our own operations and supporting our customers, which makes this a really exciting trial for us.
“As we create a store estate for the new world it’s critical our shops are in the right locations, digitally connected and offer trusted value products and services such as the rapid chargers. We’re looking forward to seeing the customer response to our trial in Maidstone.”
Matteo de Renzi, CEO of BP Chargemaster, said: “As well as serving existing M&S customers who already, or may soon drive electric vehicles, we expect the rapid chargers to bring new customers to these stores. They are in the right locations to support those driving along the strategic road network and provide a great opportunity to charge while you shop.
“We are incredibly proud to be working with M&S as they set out to trial EV charging at their stores. It’s exciting to partner with a leading retailer which, like BP Chargemaster, is focused on offering customers a trusted service with great value, supported by a seamless digital experience.”
The new chargers at M&S stores are being installed this year with investment from BP Chargemaster, which has a network of around 600 rapid chargers across the country.
BP Chargemaster is also building a network of ultra-fast 150kW EV chargers at some of the 290 BP retail sites with M&S Simply Food stores.