Total in UK electric vehicle partnership

Electric vehicle charging point
A charging plug connects an electric vehicle (EV) to a charging station at Q-Park Park Lane underground parking lot in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. The U.K. government plans to invest more than 800 million pounds ($1 billion) in new driverless and zero-emission vehicle technology as it seeks to boost its economy while leaving the European Union. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Total has partnered with ChargePoint to increase the UK’s electric vehicle fueling stations.

Chargepoint is the world’s largest electric vehicle charging network, has 55,000 stations worldwide and plans to increase that to 2.5million by 2025.

The partnership with Total comes as several European countries including the UK have committed to banning the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles in the coming decades.

It’s estimated more than half of cars worldwide will be electric by 2040.

The deal will “lay the groundwork” for give businesses across the UK the opportunity to have charging networks as the number of EV drivers increases.

Mark Kerstens, vice president of strategic Accounts at ChargePoint said: “ChargePoint is pleased to partner with Total Gas & Power to increase the availability of necessary charging solutions for EV drivers across the UK.

“The transportation landscape is evolving at a rapid pace and partnerships like this are essential to provide immediate, widely accessible charging solutions to support the ever-growing number of EV drivers on the road.

“We look forward to working with Total Gas & Power to provide businesses across the UK with the opportunity to help us lay the groundwork for the next generation of fueling.”

Sion Roberts, general manager of Total Gas and Power, said: “Recognising that the energy requirements of businesses have progressed well beyond the simple supply of gas and electricity, we are delighted to partner with ChargePoint.

“The relationship means our customers will have access to industry-leading EV charging technology that helps them meet the changing dynamics of vehicle fueling both for their staff and customers alike.”