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 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.
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.