UK: Gridserve and Roadchef build ‘Electric Super Hubs’
Gridserve and Roadchef are expanding their partnership and are setting up six HPC hubs at the latter’s Motorway Service Areas across the UK. Two of the so-called ‘Electric Super Hubs’ are already up and running. Another four locations are about to be commissioned.
The first two locations are at Watford Gap North and South (M1). Both have a minimum of six fast-chargers with 350 kW. According to Gridserve, more than 50 EV chargers will be installed across these six sites: 48 High Power Chargers (HPC) and six EV chargers with 7 kW at the Chester Services Super 8 Hotel.
The other ‘Electric Super Hubs’ will be in Annandale Water (A74(M)), Bothwell (M74), and Sandbach (M6). All fast-chargers will be fitted with CCS and CHAdeMO connectors.
“The 18 High Power chargers at Watford Gap are a very welcome addition on the M1 and it’s great to see the new Scottish Electric Super Hubs at Annandale Water and Bothwell beginning to take shape, to support EV journeys in and around Scotland,” says Gridserve CEO Toddington Harper.
In the next step, Roadchef plans to offer a driver’s lounge. However, the companies have yet to lay out the details.
“As more people travel on the roads, and the majority will be in EVs, it’s essential for our facilities to be expanded and upgraded to meet the demand,” Paul Comer, Director of EV implementation at Roadchef, explains. “We always strive to deliver on customer satisfaction at Roadchef and we’re certain the developments we have in the pipeline will provide motorists with the facilities they need to have a comfortable stop while they charge.”
The two companies have worked together in the past. Roadserve says it already has over 40 Gridserve medium power and 24 standalone chargers installed across 29 sites.