Osprey commits to accessible and safe charging by becoming the first charging network to subscribe to ChargeSafe

Independent, public EV charging endorsement body ChargeSafe will inspect each Osprey site as part of a UK-wide site assessment for safety and accessibility

London – Osprey Charging, one of the UK’s major networks of rapid electric vehicle charging points, has become the first charging network to subscribe to ChargeSafe, a public charging endorsement body that independently inspects and rates EV charging locations.

ChargeSafe are inspecting and rating all the UK’s charging locations this year, based on 63 criteria for safety and accessibility, with ratings out of five made publicly available. By subscribing, Osprey can review the detailed data behind the scores to identify specific areas to further improve the charging service it offers its customers.

ChargeSafe’s accessibility criteria have been developed in line with guidance from Motability (a charity that helps disabled people acquire vehicles), and the forthcoming PAS1899 BSI standards for accessible charging. Combined with detailed safety criteria, from lighting and CCTV to nearby facilities, the simple rating system will provide drivers with more informed charging options for day and night.

Osprey’s new site at the Paisley Pear, an eight-charger, high-power hub, was the first of Osprey’s new accessibly-designed hubs to be inspected by ChargeSafe. It scored a pre-launch rating of 4.46/5, including the highest accessibility score seen so far by ChargeSafe on the UK network. This new hub marks a step-change in Osprey’s hub roll-out to more accessible designs, with 2021-launched hubs at Banbury Cross, Wolverhampton and Croydon, scoring 4.26, 3.96 and 3.80 respectively.

“We have long been supporters of what ChargeSafe stand for and we’re proud to become the first charging network to subscribe to its thorough, EV charging location rating system. We are committed to providing safe, reliable and accessible EV charging for all. That means well-lit sites, the best chargers and the ability for wheelchairs and anyone with mobility requirements to have the space and access to charge, pay and enjoy our facilities. Working with ChargeSafe means we can ensure that accessibility and safety are prioritized at all of our new sites, whilst giving us the insight to rectify other areas of our network that should be upgraded.” – Ian Johnston, CEO of Osprey Charging


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