Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) is to deliver up to 200 rapid car charging points at its pubs and restaurants, through its new partnership with BP Chargemaster.

After trials at several locations, M&B has agreed to a nationwide rollout of the points, in recognition of the growing use of electric cars.

One of the trial locations, Harvester Flamstead, has seen the BP Chargemaster unit used an average of eight times a day and over 1,500 times in 2019 so far, with a standard charging time of around half an hour.

Selected pubs and restaurants will have at least one Ultracharge 50kW rapid charger installed by October 2020, with installations expected at up to 50 sites by October this year.

Richard Turner, head of supplier management at Mitchells & Butlers, said: “After a successful trial at a number of our businesses we’re very excited to roll out BP Chargemaster electric vehicle rapid charging points across wide areas of our estate.

We recognise the importance of providing somewhere for EV users to charge their cars, whilst also giving them the opportunity to stop off for a coffee, or even a bite to eat, which is how our pubs and restaurants will play a vital part.

He said that with many of its sites being located on or near main roads, it was a great opportunity to increase footfall at these locations.

With up to 50 installations expected by October 2019, Mitchells & Butlers and BP Chargemaster are pleased to be helping make the switch to an electric vehicle and driving with zero emissions easier.