Electric vehicle (EV) charging provider Pod Point has expanded its operations in Norway after agreeing an exclusive partnership with Peppes Pizza, Scandinavia’s largest pizza chain.
The agreement will see Pod Point install EV chargepoints for all company-owned, Peppes Pizza delivery branches in Norway. The chargepoints, which will be used by Peppes staff and delivery vehicles, are a key element of the company’s plans to electrify its 120-strong fleet. Pod Point will also be the recommended supplier for Peppes Pizza’s 42 franchisees.
The EV charging provider will provide Peppes Pizza, which is owned by the Umoe Restaurants Group, with a fully managed service, including initial consultation and site surveys through to installation and maintenance. Meanwhile, its back-end Smart Reporting platform will enable Peppes Pizza, which delivers 11,000 pizzas a day across Norway, clocking up to a total of 2.200 000 kilometres per year to monitor its carbon dioxide savings against its sustainability targets.
The installations commenced in August at the pizza chain’s Lambertseter and Løren sites and will be rolled out over the next three years.
The Peppes Pizza deal is part of Pod Point’s plan to expand its operations in Norway to more closely mirror its business in the UK, where it provides a fully managed service to a wide range of businesses and organisations. While Pod Point is an established homecharge provider in Norway, diversifying into commercial charging is a strategic priority for the company.
Ingrid Opsal of Peppes Pizza said, “Now EVs have the range required to meet the needs of our drivers, it’s time to make the switch. It’s fair to say the whole team is very excited about this – sustainability is a big focus for Peppes Pizza and we see this as huge
progress towards our goals. As this is such as large scale installation, it’s reassuring to work with a full service provider like Pod Point, which can take care of everything and minimise the workload for our team.”
Erik Fairbairn, CEO and founder of Pod Point said, “Norway is well and truly ahead of the curve when it comes to EVs and helping Peppes Pizza to electrify its entire fleet is a significant milestone, which we look forward to UK businesses replicating in the near future. We’ve learned a lot from Norway’s approach to EVs and we’re delighted to see demand for a fully managed service.”
To support its expansion in Norway, Pod Point is developing Norwegian language versions of its website and app, which are scheduled to be launched next year.