In just a week, the UK's first EV site will open in Braintree, Essex. Electric Forecourt will provide fast charging services for electric vehicles of any automaker, including the ability to charge Teslas on a proprietary Supercharger.
The new Gridserve site is the first of its kind in the UK, out of 100 planned over the next five years. The next two sites to be hosted in Uckfield and Norwich East have already received building permits.
Here you can charge 36 cars at the same time using various fast-charging devices. During this time, drivers can use the services of shops and restaurants.
In addition to 30 devices for charging electric vehicles from various car manufacturers, there are also six Tesla Supercharger stalls on the site, which make it an attractive and friendly place for absolutely all EVs.
However, this place is special for another reason: all the energy to charge these electric vehicles comes from sustainable energy from a 60-acre solar farm; all of the excess energy from this farm is fed back to the Electric Forecourt grid. The company also plans to build solar farms near many of the planned charging sites.
Gridserve's goal is to make charging electric vehicles as easy as using gas stations. Toddington Harper, the CEO and founder of Gridserve said: "We have designed our Electric Forecourts entirely around the needs of electric vehicle drivers, updating the petrol station model for a net-zero carbon future.
"Many more people want to buy electric vehicles but are worried about how to charge them.
"We will help solve that challenge and deliver the confidence people need to make the switch to electric transport."
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