Fisker to deliver up to 700 cars to UK subscription service

US-based fledgling EV brand Fisker has signed a deal to deliver up to 700 of its Ocean electric SUV models to subscription service Onto in 2023.

The agreement is Fisker’s first in the UK, and will be the company’s exclusive rental and subscription partner for 2023, adding to Onto’s 3000 existing vehicles already in operation with private and business customers.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Fisker to offer our customers even more choice when it comes to driving an Electric Car,” said Rob Jolly, CEO and co-founder of Onto. “Fisker’s impressive goals for electrification, coupled with their reputation for always introducing the latest technology, match our own and we are excited to go on this journey with them.”

“Our focus for business-to-business reservations is on high-quality companies that share our commitment to deliver an outstanding customer experience,” said Fisker chairman and chief executive officer, Henrik Fisker. “Our partnership with Onto is a significant step in rapidly building our presence in the UK electric vehicle market.”

More than 13,000 workplace chargers installed with grant funding

The Government’s Workplace Charging Scheme has now funded more than 13,000 workplace charging points since it launched at the end of 2016. The charge points vouchers have been redeemed by almost 5000 businesses, averaging 2.8 charge points per business.

The scheme contributes 75% of the installation cost per charging point, up to a maximum of £350, with a maximum of 40 charging points per applicant. More than 5800 were installed in 2020, with a further 688 in the first quarter of 2021, despite the lockdown.

In addition, the Government grant system has also contributed to the installation of 136,730 home charging points since September 2014, as well as 6812 charging devices under the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme, with another 140 local authorities set to provide a further 3200 on-street charging points under schemes awarded grant funding but not yet completed.

Green light for Gatwick and Gateshead Gridserve charging hub

Gridserve has been given the green light for its next EV charging centre, with a 37-bay development potentially live by the end of the year at Gatwick and a 30-point site in Gateshead.

The Gatwick site would have 24 high-power charging points, eight Tesla chargers and five a/c chargers, and Gateshead 22 high-power chargers along with four Tesla and four DC points.

The company recently opened its first location in Braintree, Essex, and has pledge to rapidly get to 100 charging sites, complete with refreshments and other driver comfort facilities. Others in Norwich and Stevenage are among the front-running new locations.

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