A complete ‘one-stop-shop’ or fully integrated service for the implementation of high quality electric vehicle (EV) charging systems has been formed between installation contractor ICEE Managed Services and a leading distributor of Schneider Electric premium brand EV charging and related equipment, Rapid .
Spanning the entire planning, procurement and delivery process, the service includes advice on equipment selection and subsequent supply, installation, commissioning and lifetime maintenance of EV charging systems, or complete asset management.
Initially, the service is being aimed purely at the commercial or business-to-business (B2B) and local authority markets. ICEE is an authorised installer of specific EV charge-points under the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS).
This means the installer is now eligible to submit grant claims for customers, enabling the latter to save money under the WCS scheme for the installation of specific types of EV workplace charging equipment offered by ICEE and Rapid.
OLEV describe the WCS as ‘a voucher-based scheme that provides support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charge-points, for eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations.’
Installing EV charging points may seem simple to the prospective customer, but many potentially complicated and time-consuming questions often require dealing with first. By providing one point of contact, the combined resources of ICEE and Rapid will undertake and simplify that process, delivering the required outcome – a reliable and high quality EV charging service – faster, safer and at least cost to the customer and end-user.
“To ensure reliability in the field and avoid service outage, we always advise customers to invest in high quality, premium products,” says Paul Harris, Managing Director of ICEE Managed Services.
“When we started installing EV charging systems, because of the company’s reputation for high standards, we chose the Schneider Electric EVlink range of products as our preferred option. Rapid is an official distributor in the UK.
“Our installation engineers have undertaken rigorous training courses at Schneider Electric’s UK premises. As a result we have become a fully approved installer of the EV charging point maker’s range of products,” he says.
Rapid is a leading distributor of Schneider Electric products and systems. Partnering with the official distributor will help ICEE keep up with the very fast-moving rate of change in the EV industry such as new grants and funding, battery technology, and other key developments including asset and data management.