Energy company Gridserve has announced major plans to upgrade its electric vehicle charging network. More than 150 new 350kW ultra-rapid charging devices will be installed, along with 11 new motorway charging hubs.
Gridserve will also build two new ‘Electric Forecourts’, including a flagship location at Gatwick Airport.
This is said to be the first dedicated EV charging site to be hosted by an international airport.
More hubs, more capacity
Twenty new ‘Electric Hubs’ will also be opened at motorway service stations by the end of summer 2022.
Each Hub will contain between six and 12 ultra-rapid 350kW chargers, and offer contactless card payment options. The 350kW chargers can add up to 100 miles of battery range in just 10 minutes.
Once the first 20 sites are completed, a further development of 50 additional Electric Hubs is planned.
Airport charging ready for takeoff
The jewel in the crown of Gridserve’s plans will be the opening of two new Electric Forecourts. A site in Norwich will open in April 2022, followed by the company’s new flagship facility at Gatwick Airport in autumn 2022.
Located on the approach to Gatwick’s South Terminal, the Electric Forecourt will allow up to 36 EVs to charge at once. A waiting lounge, children’s play area and shop will form part of the facilities.
Planning permission has also been secured for Gridserve to build further Electric Forecourts in Gateshead, Uckfield, Plymouth and Bromborough.
Removing range anxiety
Gridserve’s rapid development comes after acquiring the Ecotricity Electric Highway network in June this year.
Since then, the company has worked to upgrade 75 percent of more than 300 ageing Ecotricity charging devices, and add 130 AC chargers.
Toddington Harper, CEO of Gridserve, said: “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, listening to our customers’ needs and providing the best possible level of customer service to deliver the confidence people need to make the switch to electric transport today – eight years ahead of the 2030 ban on petrol and diesel cars.”