GRIDSERVE, who opened the UK’s first ‘Electric Forecourt’, have announced more than 20 new electric vehicle (EV) charging hubs in the UK. The ‘Electric Hubs’ will be the biggest upgrade of motorway electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure the country has seen.
Each new Electric Hub will feature between six and twelve 350kW ultra high-power chargers with contactless payment and CCS and CHAdeMO connectors. The fast chargers will be capable of adding up to 100 miles (161km) of range in less than 10 minutes.
The charging hubs are planned to open in the second quarter of 2022 with the majority planned to be installed by the end of March. In the next phase, a further 50 additional Electric Hub sites will follow.
The airport Electric Forecourt will be located on the approach to Gatwick’s South Terminal and adjacent to the M23. It will enable 36 electric vehicles to be charged simultaneously, with high-power chargers that can deliver up to 350kW of charging power.
Similar to the Electric Hubs, the chargers here will be capable of adding 100 miles (161km) of range in less than 10 minutes. Multiple charging connectors at the site will cater for all types of electric cars.
The Gatwick site is due to open in autumn 2022 and will host a café, lounge with free superfast WiFi, supermarket, children’s play area and a dedicated educational space to increase awareness around electric vehicles.
As with all of GRIDSERVE’s chargers, the site will also be supplied with low cost, 100 percent renewable net zero carbon energy generated by GRIDSERVE’s own solar farms.
Several additional Electric Forecourt sites also have planning permission. These include Bromborough, Gateshead, Plymouth and Uckfield, with more than 30 additional sites also under development as the company aims to deliver over 100 Electric Forecourts.
Toddington Harper, GRIDSERVE CEO, said: “Our mission is to deliver sustainable energy and move the needle on climate change. Getting people into electric vehicles is a big part of our vision but to do that charging has to be simple and free of anxiety.
“We’ve designed our network entirely around the needs of drivers to deliver the confidence people need to make the switch to electric transport today. This is eight years ahead of the 2030 ban on petrol and diesel cars.”