LIVERPOOL-BASED electric vehicle charging provider, Franklin Energy has landed a contract with Q-Park UK to offer public charging points, within the parking giant’s Liverpool and Manchester-based car parks. Franklin Energy will supply install and manage two charging points Q-Park’s Liverpool ONE and Manchester First Street sites, as part of a three-month pilot. Electric vehicle owners will be able to use the car charging points, located on level two of Liverpool ONE car park to charge their vehicles while they park. It will cost an average of £8 per charge and drivers can get a full charge in as little as an hour. An average charge will provide approximately 120 miles of driving, making it significantly cheaper than petrol. The contract with Q-Park forms part of Franklin Energy’s overall plans for growth and a successful pilot programme has the potential to grow turnover tenfold by 2018. Demand for electric vehicle car charging points in the UK is growing and in the last three year’s new registrations of plug-in cars increased from 3,500 to around 48,000 by the end of 2015. The UK now has network of more than 9,300 car charging points. Franklin Energy plans to add a further 1,000 fast charging points and 500 rapid charging points to this number by the end of 2021. Rob Byrne, founder of Franklin Energy said: “This is our biggest milestone to date since we started trading in 2014 and if the pilot proves to be a success it has the potential to provide public car charging access to thousands of electric vehicle users all over the UK. “This will provide the first publicly accessible charging point in Liverpool City centre and we believe both charging points will drive increased footfall to each site. “2016 is set to be a really exciting year for Franklin Energy. We are currently working with several location partners across the UK to deploy our privately funded network of electric vehicle charging stations, which we will own and operate – all of which will be managed from our very own back office here in Liverpool.” John Denton Head of Sales and Marketing at Q-Park also commented “By partnering with Franklin Energy in Liverpool we are able to offer EV charging points to our customers at our flagship facility. It is important for Q-Park to futureproof our business and more importantly deliver a growing service to new group of customers.” Franklin Energy was founded in 2013 by university graduates Rob Byrne and Dan leaper. Since it started trading in 2014, the start-up has grown from a supplier of charging points to a charging point network operator. Turnover has grown fourfold over the last two years and the duo has attracted five figure investment into their business, thanks to the support of business incubator Spark Up and the Merseyside Special Investment Fund (MSIF). To date Franklin Energy has supplied and installed more than 150 charging points across the UK.