SSE Energy Solutions sparks the future with an HGV charging hub in Birmingham, UK

  • SSE Energy Solutions building all-electric HGV charging hub in Birmingham’s Tyseley Energy Park.
  • Hub includes 360 kW chargers for 300 km charge in 1-2 hours, accommodating four trucks.
  • The goal is to deploy 500 ultra-rapid charging hubs by 2030, cutting diesel truck emissions for a sustainable, net-zero future.

SSE Energy Solutions unveils its first-ever electric HGV charging hub in Birmingham

Nestled close to the A45, this hub will host four electric HGVs simultaneously. It will boast robust 360 kW chargers that can fuel up to 300 kilometers in a mere 1-2 hours.

Currently, a mere 0.3% of Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) are electric, underscoring the urgency of this initiative. The goal is clear: mitigate emissions from diesel-run HGVs. HGVs are responsible for 17% of all UK road transport emissions, despite comprising only 5% of the vehicle population.

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Ben Brickwood, EV project development manager at SSE Energy Solutions, said: 

“The development of our first all-electric HGV charging hub at Tyseley Energy Park is a crucial step for SSE as we continue to enable the decarbonisation of Britain’s transport infrastructure and industries. Drawing on our expertise and experience with bus depot electrification and the roll out of EV passenger car hubs, this project demonstrates our commitment to accelerating the transition to electric for all vehicles and building the framework needed to support their rollout. We believe that through investments like this, and by working closely with partners like Webster and Horsfall, we can play a leading role in driving down transport emissions and building a net zero future in Birmingham, the West Midlands and beyond.”

SSE has partnered with industry leaders like DHL and various transport and logistics firms across the UK.

All of these partnerships will accelerate the shift to battery-powered HGVs. The company looks to construct 500 ultra-rapid charging hubs for electric vehicles and commercial fleets. SSE will fuel these hubs with traceable renewable energy, in the UK and Ireland by 2030. Notably, several sites are already up and running, propelling the journey toward a sustainable future.

Since 2010, Tyseley Energy Park, under the ownership of the Webster and Horsfall Group, has evolved into a powerhouse of sustainability. The park houses the UK’s largest hydrogen refueling station and a robust 10 MW waste-wood biomass power plant. The plant generates ample electricity to energize 17,000 homes.

SSE’s charging hub will not only power vehicles, but also showcase sustainable architecture. Crafting the hub’s canopy involves using a blend of galvanized steel and sustainable timber. It will feature an innovative rainwater harvesting system, nurturing a living green wall within the site.

David Horsfall, Director of Property, Tyseley Energy Park, said: 

“We are delighted to welcome SSE to Tyseley Energy Park and see the launch of their ambitious new HGV charging hub. This will be an enormous boost for the area which was recently re-branded as the Green Energy Innovation Quarter for Birmingham. This first of a kind HGV charging station will complement the clean fuels already on offer at TEPs low and zero carbon refuelling station and is a major step forward in the region’s efforts to improve air quality and decarbonise.”

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