First all-electric charging forecourt opens in Braintree, Essex

The UK’s first all-electric charging forecourt has opened in Braintree, Essex. The forecourt can accommodate 36 electric vehicles (EVs) at once.

The forecourt is capable of charging 36 electric vehicles at the same time, enabling drivers to gain 200 miles of range in 20 minutes. The forecourt signals the first of 100 set to be built by Gridserve in the UK over the next 5 years. It is thought that by offering easy to use and convenient EV charging points across the UK it will increase public confidence in the EV network and encourage more uptake of electric vehicles.

In addition to this, all of the chargers are powered by 100% renewable energy which will come from local solar power.

Drivers can pay just 24p per KwH, meaning a typical charge from 20% – 80% will cost under £10.

The founder and CEO of Gridserve, Toddington Harper said, “Today’s announcement represents a major milestone in achieving Gridserve’s purpose to deliver sustainable energy and move the needle on climate change.

It’s our collective responsibility to prevent greenhouse gas emissions rising further, and electric vehicles powered by clean energy represent a large part of the solution.

However, charging has to be simple and free of anxiety, which is why we’ve designed our Electric Forecourts entirely around the needs of drivers, updating the traditional petrol station model for a net-zero carbon world and delivering the confidence people need to make the switch to electric transport today – a full decade ahead of the 2030 ban on petrol and diesel cars.”

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