First rapid charging hub opens on M6

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BP Chargemaster has opened the first public rapid charging hub on the M6 – and the first in the north west of England – with Lancashire County Council.

Six 50kW rapid chargers are located just off the motorway at the Caton Road Park and Ride site near Junction 34.

An additional 10 standard 7kW charging points have also been installed to serve EV drivers who need to park for several hours to use the Park and Ride facilities to head into Lancaster.

The opening of the charging hub marks a milestone in a partnership between Lancashire County Council and BP Chargemaster, with work nearing completion to install a 150-strong network of electric charging points throughout the county.

Six 50kW rapid chargers will help drivers making journeys up and down the M6

County Councillor Keith Iddon, Lancashire County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “The charging hub at Lancaster marks another milestone in the evolution of motoring and the move towards electric vehicles.

“Lancashire is geographically at the centre of Great Britain and an ideal place for a facility such as this which should be popular with owners of electric vehicles making longer journeys through this area.”

The charging points are available on the nationwide Polar network, with the rapid chargers all featuring contactless bank card payment for ad hoc access, as well as smartphone app and RFID card access for more regular users and Polar Plus members.

Want to learn more about EV charging technologies? CiTTi Exhibition takes place on the 3rd and 4th of June at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena. Register your interest to attend at www.cittiexhibition.co.uk