SSE Energy Solutions has announced the opening of its first ultra-rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging hub. This is part of a major new initiative to deliver 300 such hubs across the UK and Ireland within the next five years.
Located on Glasgow’s Castlebank Street, the six-bay EV charging hub is powered by traceable, renewable energy. The site will make it easier for electric vehicle drivers to charge their cars on the go. Plus. It will provide a reliable charging facility for local fleets and residents.
SSE Energy Solutions estimates at least 60,000 charges could take place at the hub each year. The hub aims to accommodate domestic vehicles, fleet drivers and taxis.
The new Castlebank Street hub features ultra-rapid charging facilities of up to 150 kilowatts (kW) that can put drivers back on the road within 20 to 40 minutes of plugging in.
SSE Energy Solutions aims to build a network of electric vehicle charging stations across the UK and Ireland as part of plans to meet increasing demands for EV infrastructure. This follows commitments from governments and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to end the production of petrol, diesel, and hybrid engines.
Kevin Welstead, SSE Energy Solutions EV Sector Director, said: “It’s vital that we face the EV infrastructure challenge head on if we’re to meet the ambitious decarbonisation targets agreed in Glasgow, less than a year ago, at COP26.”
“The opening of our first ultra-rapid charging hub represents a major milestone in that journey and we’re working quickly to build a network of easy-to-reach charging points that will serve communities and businesses across the UK and Ireland.
“The location on Castlebank Street will offer fast charging at a convenient location for local residents and fleets alike. We also hope this encourages those living nearby who can’t accommodate an EV charging point at their home or workplace to make the switch to an EV car or van knowing they have reliable charging facilities nearby.”
“Increasing the use of electric cars over petrol and diesel vehicles will play a vital role in creating greener, more sustainable cities. With this in mind, we’re future-proofing our EV infrastructure by installing ultra-rapid charging points with up to 150 kilowatts of power that can accommodate larger batteries and provide reliable charging for drivers for many years to come as EV technology continues to evolve.”
A recent report from the Climate Change Committee shows the rise of electric cars is outpacing UK Government growth projections and that infrastructure deployment needs to accelerate to meet their target of 300,000 public charge points by 2030.
Jenny Gilruth MSP, Minister for Transport, said: “Providing local communities with quick and easy access to electric vehicle charge points is vital and SSE’s Castlebank charging hub will do just that.
“The high-power charging facilities will provide further opportunities to help people realise the benefits of an electric vehicle. We want to see more private sector investment happening across Scotland in line with our draft vision for Scotland’s public charging network, so that we can grow the charging network at the scale and pace required to meet everyone’s needs.
“It’s great to see the leading role that SSE has taken on this with its new hub in Glasgow – and is particularly welcome news during Scotland’s Climate Week, as we all think about the actions we can and must take to respond to the global climate emergency.”
It’s good to see much-needed electric vehicle infrastructure increasing to help keep up with the sales of EVs. Back in August, Danish mobility greentech-startup, Viggo, launched central Copenhagen’s first-ultra fast electric vehicle (EV) charging hub and Energy Superhub Oxford, Europe’s most powerful EV charging hub, officially launched in August.