The last year has seen huge progress with the UK’s EV public charging infrastructure, particularly, in our view, the most important locations – motorway service stations – following GRIDSERVE’s acquisition of the Ecotricity Electric Highway.
GRIDSERVE has now upgraded 75% of the 300+ chargers in the Electric Highway, but the company isn’t stopping there: it is now adding over 150 350kW ultra-rapid EV chargers across the UK, with 11 GRIDSERVE Electric Hubs under construction at motorway sites.
The 150 350kW ultra-rapid EV chargers will be located at more than 20 ‘Electric Hubs’ at motorway sites, each of which will feature 6-12 chargers with contactless payment, capable of adding up to 100 miles of range in less than 10 minutes. These will open at motorway service stations across the UK by the end of June 2022, with the majority due to be installed by the end of March. The next phase will involve a further 50 additional Electric Hub sites.
As well as the motorway Electric Hubs, GRIDSERVE is currently constructing two Electric Forecourts, one at Gatwick Airport, and one in Norwich; both are due to open in 2022.
The Gatwick Electric Forecourt is the first in the world to be hosted at an international airport. Capable of charging 36 EVs simultaneously, it will serve the tens of millions of passengers, commuters, staff, local residents and businesses that pass through the airport and its surrounding motorway network each year.
The site is due to open in autumn 2022 and will host a café, comfortable waiting lounge with free superfast WiFi, convenience supermarket, children’s play area and a dedicated educational space to increase awareness about electric vehicles.
As with all of GRIDSERVE’s chargers, the site will also be supplied with low cost, 100% renewable net zero carbon energy generated by GRIDSERVE’s own solar farms.
Additional Electric Forecourt sites also now have planning permission, including Uckfield, Gateshead, Plymouth and Bromborough. More than 30 additional sites are also under development as part of GRIDSERVE’s commitment to deliver over 100 Electric Forecourts.