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07 Dec 20201 minute read

First all-electric car charging station opens in Essex

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First all-electric car charging station opens in Essex

The UK’s first all-electric vehicle charging forecourt has opened in Braintree, Essex. Operated by clean energy firm Gridserve, the site will deliver up to 350KW of power, enough to recharge 36 cars at a time within 20 minutes.

The forecourt will use entirely renewable, clean energy from one of the UK’s first subsidy-free solar farms at Clayhill in Bedfordshire, and a battery storage site with enough energy to drive 24,000 miles. The standard rate for vehicle charging will be 24p per kilowatt hour, or less 5than £10 for a standard EV charge.

Gridserve plans to build 100 similar charging sites across the UK within the next five years.

Toddington Harper, Gridserve’s founder and chief executive, said to the Guardian, “Charging has to be simple and free of anxiety.”

Transport minister Rachel Maclean said, “As we accelerate towards cleaner and greener transport, I’m delighted to see the future of service stations being brought to life with the opening of the UK’s first all-electric forecourt. There has never been a better time to make the switch.”