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GRIDSERVE announces construction of ultra-fast EV charging stations in UK

GRIDSERVE has announced that construction has begun on a network of over a 100 ultra-fast EV charging stations.

  • 13 March 2020
  • Rachel Cooper

GRIDSERVE has announced that construction has begun on a network of over a 100 ultra-fast EV charging stations. 

GRIDSERVE has announced it will be developing more than 100 charging sites on busy routes and near powerful grid connections close to towns, cities and major transport hubs in the UK.

Supporting the UK Government’s commitment to ban the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles within 15-years, the company aims to have a UK-wide network operational within five years. 

GRIDSERVE say the first Electric Forecourt, located near Braintree, Essex, will be able to charge 24 electric vehicles at once with superchargers that can deliver up to 350kW of charging power, enabling people to charge vehicles within 20-30 minutes initially, and much faster in the future as battery technologies mature.

The network will be powered by solar energy and battery storage projects, also constructed by GRIDSERVE, ensuring carbon emission targets can be met, whilst also keeping prices low.

Whilst vehicles charge, drivers will be able to relax or shop in a state of the art two storey building, which will house a range of facilities including a coffee shop, convenience supermarket, and airport-style lounge with high-speed internet and meeting rooms. 

James Cleverly, Minister of State, former Conservative Party Chairman and MP for Braintree, said: “Our government is committed to increasing the take-up of electric vehicles, to clean our air and enable us to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. GRIDSERVE’s Electric Forecourt®, close to Braintree, is pioneering the world-class charging infrastructure that we need to support our policies and will inspire people in towns and cities throughout the country to have the confidence to make the move to sustainable transport”.

Toddington Harper, CEO and founder of GRIDSERVE, said: “We’ve designed our Electric Forecourts® entirely around the needs of electric vehicle drivers, updating the petrol station model for a net-zero carbon future. Many more people want to buy electric vehicles but are worried about how to charge them. We will help solve that challenge and deliver the confidence needed to make the switch to electric transport."

“This will be the most advanced charging facility in the UK, and possibly the world. Drivers will be able to turn up and charge their vehicle at the fastest rate each vehicle can support, using 100% renenewable energy, and with the best possible charging experience.”

Photograph: GRIDSERVE