Electric Highway – EV charging network – has today opened the UK’s largest high-powered EV charging station on the British motorway network, at Moto’s new Rugby Services.
The development, featuring 24 chargers with up to 350kW of power, is part of a wider rollout to cater for the mass market transition to EVs.
The project is part of a multimillion-pound investment programme to deliver EV charging to motorway services across the UK, and is the first high power Electric Highway installation under the network’s new partnership with Gridserve, which saw the company take a 25% stake in Electric Highway.
Electric Highway has delivered 12 of the 24 high-power chargers at Rugby and has plans to rollout high-power chargers on every Moto site.
This would see the installation of 350kW capable chargers able to supply up to 200 miles of range in 10 minutes, and accept contactless payment.
Dale Vince, founder of Electric Highway, said: “We began building the Electric Highway 10 years ago and Moto were one of our founding partners.
“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.
“It kickstarts a comprehensive programme where these installations will become ubiquitous on the motorway network, helping to make the experience of using an electric car no different to using a fossil-powered one.”
A total of 28 Moto sites are set to have ultra-rapid chargers by the end of this year and all Moto services with at least six ultra-rapid chargers by 2023, as part of a long-term investment programme, which includes an upgrade to all existing 50kW chargers by this summer.
Furthermore, Moto, Gridserve and Ecotricity are planning a further 24 high-power charger locations at Reading, Thurrock, and Exeter by the end of 2021.