Electric car drivers to benefit from free public charging across the UK tomorrow

An electric car charging

Tomorrow marks World EV Day, with drivers being offered free charging

Felix Reeves

By Felix Reeves

Published: 08/09/2023

- 09:03

The offer will run all day tomorrow in support of World EV Day

Electric car drivers are set to benefit massively with free charging tomorrow as charge point operators celebrate World EV Day.

Tomorrow, September 9, drivers across the UK will be given the opportunity to charge for free across a variety of destinations.

RAW Charging is the charge point operator favoured for hospitality, leisure and retail sectors and will be giving motorists a helping hand on Saturday.

Its charging network can be found at popular sites including over 500 chargers at Greene King pubs across the UK.

An electric car charging

This is the second year RAW is offering drivers free charging


Free charging will begin at 12.01am on Saturday, September 9 and normal fees will resume after 23.59 on the same day.

The charging network is generally made up of AC fast charging, with RAW’s partner destinations providing drivers with “simple, usable chargepoints”.

Jason Simpson, CEO of RAW Charging, commented on the decision to allow free EV charging, saying he hopes it will help drivers reach their destinations with less stress.

He said: “For a second year in a row, we’d like to celebrate World EV Day by giving back to the EV drivers of the UK.

“Our partnerships with businesses in the hospitality, leisure and retail sectors show the importance of destination charging and we’d like to thank our customers at these venues by offering free charging on 9 September 2023.

“We look forward to continuing our rollout of destination charging across the UK and Europe to help aid the transition to EVs.”

The company said it wanted to celebrate World EV Day and give back to drivers- by highlighting the growing importance of affordable, reliable destination charging.

RAW chargers also operate at McArthurGlen outlets in York, Bridgend, and the East Midlands, and several hotels and spas under the Exclusive brand such as Pennyhill Park Hotel and Spa in Surrey.

Alongside its major clients, like the National Trust, RAW is also developing brownfield land into Charge Yards, or accessible charging hubs.

Two are already available for 24-hour usage in Bishop Auckland and Croydon, with plans to develop further Charge Yards in the future.

There are 48,450 electric vehicle charging points across the UK, at more than 29,000 different locations.

According to data from ZapMap, this is a 42 per cent increase in the total number of charging devices since August 2022.


An electric car charging sign

RAW Charging has more than 500 chargers at Greene King pubs


More than 2,700 new EV chargers were added to the database last year, with the UK aiming to have 300,000 chargers by the end of the decade.

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