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Solar-powered electric car charging stations which could charge a car in 10 minutes coming to the UK

27 Jun 2019

 

In the quest to improve the country's electric vehicle charging infrastructure, a new set of solar powered charging stations capable of charging a car in 10 minutes will be coming to the UK.

 

The car charging stations, which will be built by Gridserve, will have enough points to charge 24 cars in one go.

Over 100 charging stations will be built across the country, with one of the first being sited at Braintree in Essex.

 

The stations will be placed along busy roads and will see hybrid and electric vehicles recharge in around 30 minutes, while those with smaller batteries or capable of rapid charging could recharge in approximately 10 minutes. 

 

According to Gridserve the charging stations will have lounges, shops, cafes and toilet facilities. There are also plans to introduce dedicated areas of these stations for taxis and buses.

 

Toddington Harper, CEO and founder of Gridserve, said: “We plan to make charging electric vehicles as easy as using petrol stations.   

 

“The latest generation of electric vehicles are awesome, and ready for mainstream adoption, but drivers still worry about if or where they can charge, how long it will take, and what it will cost. 

 

“We plan to eliminate any range or charging anxiety by building a UK-wide network of customer-focussed, brand new Electric Forecourts that will make it easier and cheaper to use an electric vehicle than a petrol or diesel alternative.

“Within five years we plan to have more than 100 Electric Forecourts in use, with each supported by solar energy and battery storage. 

 

"This infrastructure will accelerate the electric vehicle revolution, serve the grid, and help the UK meet climate and clean air targets. 

 

"We are partnering with operators of fleet vehicles, developers, financiers of vehicles and infrastructure, EV manufacturers, retailers, local authorities, and others who share our vision.”

 

Image Source: Gridserve 

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