Birmingham-based, renewable energy company, Tonik Energy, has supercharged operations of its electric vehicle (EV) charging network in the UK - by partnering with industry pioneer, Fortum Charge and Drive. Tonik Energy carefully selected Fortum’s cloud-based EV network management system, Charge Drive Management Cloud (CDMC) in order to make the transition to electric vehicles as easy as possible for businesses and organisations, and give peace of mind along with confidence to those venturing into the unknown territory of electric vehicle charging.
The partnership also signifies Tonik Energy’s commitment to accelerate the commercial uptake of a green and sustainable EV charging infrastructure and will enable its growing team to deliver the best in-class service to its commercial customers. Integrating Fortum’s user-friendly and intuitive cloud-solution into its commercial EV proposition, enables Tonik to provide businesses and organisations with an end-to-end electrification service, and removes the hassle of the operational management of a charging infrastructure – including maintenance of chargers, providing reports from usage and dwell time, and updates on revenues earnt.
The cloud technology, which includes a white-labeled mobile application, also allows intra-roaming within the charging networks using the Fortum system across the UK and Ireland. Not only does this simplify the end user's process of finding and managing charge-points by removing the need for multiple apps, but being able to quickly access and charge up an electric vehicle, helps ease driver concern over range-anxiety and increases vehicle up-time.
Tonik Energy is expanding on the 4,000 EV charging installations already carried out by The Phoenix Works – Tonik Energy’s installation arm – and the company is also exploring new sites across the UK to build out further installation teams, including regional hubs that serve clients and members more efficiently.
Louise McCormack, Head of Products at Tonik Energy, comments: “There is no one-size-fits-all approach to EV charging design and it’s essential we provide a service with multiple capabilities, one that provides flexibility and scalability and also complements existing and future business infrastructure and energy demand. Fortum’s world-class cloud solution has enabled us to develop the highest quality and durable charging solution for our customers."
“Fortum Charge and Drive have a first-class reputation and we are delighted to be working in collaboration with the team to serve our users and provide easy-to-use and bespoke charging solutions across a multitude of commercial sectors, including fleet and workplace, as well as public charging providers. The partnership is part of our ongoing commitment to utilising pioneering technologies to help the UK transition to a renewable, sustainable energy and zero-carbon future”.
Fortum’s purpose-built cloud solution was re-platformed in 2018 to ensure the scalability which the uptake of electric vehicle ownership will demand in the coming years, and to increase the simplicity and reliability for end users which is fundamental to the success of any Charge Point Network.
Maadh AL-Sammarraie from Fortum Charge & Drive comments: “Our mission is to make car charging easy, and we are thrilled to be working with the dedicated and committed team who share our mission at Tonik Energy.
“Tonik has excellent market presence and a decade of experience in the charging business. We are happy to support them and welcome the ninth member to our extended family of Charge Point Operators in the UK and Ireland.”
Tonik Energy is a UK renewable energy company responding to the slow pace of change by the “big-six” by creating the easiest pathways for homes and businesses to access renewable energy. By accelerating the uptake of microgeneration, battery storage and electric vehicle charging infrastructure, Tonik Energy is on a mission to reduce the cost of energy to people and the planet.
Based out of offices in Birmingham and Leeds, the company is built on reputation, quality and excellent customer service – both in the green energy they provide and the renewable technologies they install. With a highly-skilled workforce of energy and technology experts, the team has built long-standing relationships with industry-leading manufacturers. Alongside its in-house installation team, The Phoenix Works, it has an extensive track record providing renewable energy solutions, EV charging, Solar and Battery storage in the domestic and commercial market.
Fortum Charge & Drive is a pioneer in electric vehicle charging and has a vast network of chargers in the Nordic market. Charge & Drive aims to respond to an increasing global demand in e-mobility, by providing turnkey solution for B2B and B2G, creating a public charging network as well as providing world-class cloud solutions for an interactive end-user interface and a comprehensive back-end system that supports charge point operators in the remote management of charging stations.