South West law firm behind new £1.6 billion electric car scheme

Energy & Low Carbon Industry | newswire-southwest | South West | Transport & Distribution
Chris Pritchett

South West-based law firm Foot Anstey are the legal advisors behind what is set to become the world’s largest battery and vehicle-charging network.

The £1.6 billion Pivot Power scheme will see an initial 45 ‘rapid electric vehicle charging stations’ dotted across Britain, powered by giant battery storage installations.

The network of batteries and rechargers is linked directly to the National Grid, helping to manage costs by storing energy when electricity is cheaper, as well as providing extra stability to the Grid.

Foot Anstey’s in-house Energy team is providing legal advice and also supported the programme with relationships it has developed over years in the green energy sector.

Foot Anstey’s Head of Energy Chris Pritchett said: “We’ve believed for a long time that the future of sustainable energy is in whole-system thinking and creating long-term, beneficial partnerships.

“We’re only at the starting line, in some ways. But being part of the process of getting something this ambitious and game-changing even this far feels fantastic, and it really feels as though we’re pulling into the fast lane.”

The first five years of the programme will deliver, in effect, a 2GW boost to British power supplies as well as aiming to stimulate the uptake of electric vehicles by addressing ‘range anxiety’.

Foot Anstey Energy Partner Stuart Cleak added: “National Grid and Pivot Power have really taken the initiative here to deal with concerns about range anxiety, and to provide stability and resilience to the Grid. This should be a massive catalyst to the switch away from fossil-fuel powered cars to a cleaner transport future.”

Pivot Power CEO, Matt Allen, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Chris and Stuart and their team at Foot Anstey on this project. As well as being on top of their game in energy storage and EV infrastructure, they’ve been keen supporters of Become Energy and our wider vision for over 2 years now, and it’s great to get the opportunity to engage them on a marquee project such as this. We look forward to a long-term partnership in driving the energy transition together.”

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