Gridserve unveils plans for UK electric motorway
In the UK, Gridserve has just unveiled plans to expand the network of electric motorway charging stations along UK motorways and national roads. These plans include the installation of 50 high power charger concentrator (HPC) reports
Gridserve recently took over the Electric Highway charging station network from the green energy supplier Ecotricity. Now, more than 50 “electric hubs” are planned for the network, which will be called Gridserve Electric Highway after the acquisition, each with six to twelve high-performance charging points with a capacity of up to 350 kW each. The plan for the new electric hubs will be the service area near the town of Rugby, where 12 CCS HPCs were inaugurated in April alongside twelve Tesla superchargers. Later this year, power hubs will be installed in the Reading East and West, Thurrock, Exeter and Cornwall Services service areas.
In addition, nearly 300 additional fast chargers are to be installed at service stations, with which Gridserve aims to cover 85% of UK motorway service stations. There are also planned 100 HPC rapid charging parks called Electric forecourts.
In addition to plans for new charging stations, in the six weeks since the resumption of the motorway project, Gridserve has already installed new columns with a capacity of over 60 kW at more than 50 sites in the ” old ”network. The entire network of nearly 300 old Ecotricity chargers at more than 150 locations on highways and Ikea stores is expected to be renewed by September.
The company says the overall goal is to create a reliable UK-wide network so drivers have no worries about range or charging, no matter where they live in the UK and the type of electric vehicle they drive.
In order to be able to manage the investment of more than 100 million pounds sterling (116 million euros), Gridserve brought in another investor, The Rise Fund, in addition to existing investor Hitachi. The Rise Fund manages over US $ 5.5 billion in assets, but the exact investment in Gridserve has not been disclosed.