The Client

Mr Fothergill’s Seeds, based in Kentford is one of the most respected in the UK market, supplying over 3000 garden centres, shops and retail outlets for more than 40 years, with a full product range from flower and vegetable seed to young plants, potatoes, onions and fruit trees.

The Brief

The company has recently made the first moves into the electric car market with three hybrid vehicles and three full EVs as part of its longstanding commitment to environmental protection.

It needed a charge point solution that was cost-effective, easy to operate, efficient and robust. Along with comprehensive reporting and management facilities it had to be scalable as the company plans to expand its electric fleet to take advantage of advances in battery technology over the next few years.

The Solution

SaveMoneyCutCarbon’s Head of Delivery Gavin Bulmer, and EV Product Specialist Simon Blaaser made an initial visit to the company’s headquarters and followed up with a full EV survey. The SaveMoneyCutCarbon EV team then worked with company owners to develop a full solution, including supply, installation, and project management.

An important element of the contract was the support and application for the Government OLEV electric car charger grants and the West Suffolk Council (GBG) Greener Business Grant, to reduce company costs by nearly 30%.

The fully qualified EV team are OLEV approved, 18th Edition qualified electricians and enhanced-DBS checked. They fitted three EOGenius 22kW / 32 Amp EV chargers, with RFID compatibility, as well as the EO Hub that manages access to the EOCloud Back Office System and enables the data connection.

EO chargers were wall-mounted with cabling to the distribution board in a secure area of the company offices. The package included Back Office Software and Monthly Data Subscriptions costs for 3 years, required for OLEV grant, as well as sundries and consumables. The project has a no-quibble 3-year full parts and labour warranty.

The OLEV-approved EO Genius EV Charger is a modular, scalable, and future-proof smart charging station when combined with an EOHub. Which enables bi-directional communication between charging stations and the EOCloud back-office for remote editing and settings management via EOCloud.

The EV charger is a three phase with a type 2 socket and can be controlled through an RFID Card or EOApp, which means driver usage can be individually monitored. The eoHub can connect up to 30 EOGenius charging stations for remote management and authentication.

We have had fantastic service from SaveMoneyCutCarbon who have supported us all the way through the project, including the grant applications. The installation work was completed in a day with second checks carried out the following day. In terms of savings, the data since installation shows that running diesel cars would have cost 2.5 times more in fuel bills. The EV market is definitely taking off and we are keen to replace more of our fleet in future.”

Phil Hurst, Finance Director at Mr Fothergill’s Seeds

It was a pleasure to work with Mr Fothergill’s Seeds on the EV charger project and secure savings of a third through our grant application expertise. The eo charger solution is an excellent choice as it is fully scalable so the company can easily add charging units as needed.

Simon Blaaser, EV Product Specialist at SaveMoneyCutCarbon

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