Osprey Charging, one of the UK’s largest and leading electric vehicle (EV) charging networks, has increased access to public charging in Weedon Bec, Northamptonshire. It has installed two high-powered EV chargers at the Heart of England pub and restaurant, supporting local residents, businesses and visitors with reliable EV infrastructure. This supports critical public charging infrastructure needed in convenient locations.
The 75kW rapid charge points are compatible with every EV on the market today and can typically add 100 miles (160km) of range in just 35 minutes, depending on the model of the vehicle and its battery. Being next to a restaurant, the chargers are an ideal place to charge an EV whilst popping for a bite to eat.
The chargers are easy to use and designed with simple payment for drivers, accepting contactless bank cards, Apple/Google Pay, the Osprey App and RFID card payments as well as payments through all major third-party payment methods including fleet cards.
Access to charging is one of the biggest barriers to EV adoption and the installation is expected to encourage EV uptake in the area. It also bolsters the UK’s national charging infrastructure as well as improving local air quality, reducing noise pollution and supporting local decarbonisation efforts.
Ian Johnston, Osprey Charging CEO, said: “The electric transition is well underway and we’re here to provide a reliable and rapid public charging service for drivers, from Cornwall to Scottish Highlands.
“Each of our new locations is carefully designed to maximise space, accessibility and availability of chargers, working to the latest and highest standards.
“This new charging site at the Heart of England pub and restaurant in Weedon Bec is a vital part of the re-charging network that will enable the decarbonisation of transport in the UK.”
As EV uptake increases across the country ahead of the 2030 ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles, more and more of Northamptonshire’s visitors will look for EV charging as standard. Osprey has funded this installation, operation and oversees the maintenance of the chargers which are all supplied with renewable energy. Marston’s, the landlord for the site, benefits from a future-proofed car park and being able to attract more EV drivers as customers.
Osprey charging locations are consistently scored highly for safety and accessibility by independent inspection body ChargeSafe, and Osprey is in the top three UK Chargepoint Network Operators for both personal safety and accessibility.
Back in 2022, Osprey announced a partnership with the British Garden Centres, the UK’s largest family-owned garden centre group, to roll out rapid electric vehicle charging across its UK stores.