UK hits EV milestone as first Electric Forecourt opens

GRIDSERVE has said the opening of its first Electric Forecourt is a “major breakthrough” for the mass expansion of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in the UK.

On 6 December, it announced its site Braintree had now opened, allowing for 36 EVs to be charged simultaneously by high powered chargers that can deliver up to 350kW. This will enable people to add 200 miles of range in 20 minutes, with this expected to get faster as EV battery technologies mature. The site is the first of over 100 Electric Forecourts set to be built over the next five years as GRIDSERVE looks to solve EV charging concerns and pave the way for mass EV adoption “well ahead” of the 2030 ban on petrol and diesel cars.

Initially, drivers will pay just 24p per kWh of energy when charging at the Forecourt. This would mean a typical charge from 20 to 80% would cost under £10 for an average-size EV on the market today. GRIDSERVE is planning to introduce a tiered pricing structure in future to allow for additional flexibility.

GRIDSERVE also announced the launch of a new net zero EV leasing service in partnership with Hitachi, bringing the cost of driving electric below that of petrol or diesel cars. With net zero carbon energy included in the monthly leasing payments, drivers charge at the forecourts without paying additional costs. This is something that will remove a key barrier to mass EV adoption, according to GRIDSERVE, by allowing people to accurately compare the cost of leasing a petrol or diesel vehicle, plus fuel, with an EV, plus fuel.