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Osprey Charging and Motability Operations join forces to trial accessibility of the public charging network for disabled people


Oct 30, 2023 #ChargeSafe
  • The collaboration between Osprey Charging and Motability Operations aims to gain valuable insight into how the public charging experience works for disabled drivers, their families and their carers.
  • Osprey’s commitment to ease of use for all drivers and ongoing expansion and upgrade of its network makes it the ideal CPO for the initiative.
  • Motability Operations is the largest leasing company in UK, with over 690,000 customers across the UK.
  • Working together both organisations aim to see how Motability Scheme customers can seamlessly access Osprey’s nationwide rapid charging network of over 750 charge points, and review them against accessibility criteria.

London, 12th September 2023: Osprey Charging, one of the UK’s largest and leading electric vehicle (EV) charging networks, has been selected by Motability Operations, the UK’s largest leasing company and the organisation that delivers the Motability Scheme to over 690,000 disabled people, as their first charge point operator (CPO) partner.

The collaboration will allow Motability Scheme EV drivers to find a location on Osprey’s GB-wide rapid charging network, charge, and pay through the Motability Go Charge App before reviewing the location for accessibility. This seamless charging and billing, combined with the visibility of reviews from peers on the App, will help to improve Motability Scheme drivers’ confidence in choosing and using public charging.

This is the latest fleet collaboration made possible by Osprey’s Iris platform, which integrates directly with Paua’s platform underpinning the Motability Go Charge App.

Osprey’s commitment to easy and accessible charging and to the continuous improvement of its network made it a natural choice for Motability Operations. Osprey was the first CPO to build accessibly-designed public charging hubs, and to subscribe to independent, public EV charging endorsement body ChargeSafe, as well as vocally support the BSI PAS1899 standards for accessible charging and commit to network audits and targets based on these.

The reviews of accessibility at Osprey locations provided by Motability Scheme customers through the Motability Go Charge App will not only help other drivers, but also help further improve Osprey’s charging infrastructure, supporting its mission of creating a network that is easy to use and accessible to all.

Ian Johnston, CEO of Osprey Charging said:
“Motability Operations is not only the largest leasing company in the UK, but one of the most important in empowering access to public charging and ease of use for all drivers. This is something close to Osprey’s heart, so we’re delighted to be the first CPO partner of Motability Operations. We look forward to seeing the feedback from drivers, which will help us continue to set the bar for inclusivity and user-friendly charging for all.”

Jonathan Jenkins, Head of Innovation at Motability Operations, said:
“The accessibility of charge points remains one of the biggest barriers to EV adoption for customers on the Motability Scheme. We’re excited to be working with Osprey to help support our customers charging needs and ensure the move to electric is as simple and worry-free as possible. Working with forward-thinking companies like Osprey, we hope to be able to smooth the transition to EVs for all drivers.”

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