The Electric Highway, tge UK’s longest-standing fast-charging initiative, has opened its largest high power charging site at a Moto pitstop, Rugby Services, at Junction 1 of the M6. The new facility includes 12 ultra-rapid chargers from Tritium, able to charge supported vehicles at 350kW.
The installation is the first under the Electric Highway’s new partnership with Gridserve, which saw the company take a 25% stake in the Electric Highway – as well as bringing its technology and expertise to the network.
A further twelve chargers will be added to the Rugby site at a later date, as part of the partnership between the two firms.
The chargers are capable of charging up to 200 miles of electric range in around 10 minutes. They offer all three connection types – CCS, Type 2 AC and Chademo – and accept contactless card payment.
“We began building the Electric Highway ten years ago, and Moto were one of our founding partners,” said Electric Highway founder Dale Vince, who is also behind the green utility Ecotricity. “Back then, state-of-the-art charging was just 7kW, and here we are today at 350kW in just a decade. This is our very first high-powered installation, and this new technology comes just at a tipping point in the adoption of electric vehicles.”