UK today opens first gas station for fully electric, solar-powered vehicles

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The UK’s first electric vehicle filling station, known as Electric Forecourt®, was opened by GRIDSERVE today near Braintree, Essex, in the south-east of England.

UK’s first all-solar electric vehicle filling station

Like Fully loadedRobert Llewellyn detailed in a video during an exclusive visit to the station last week, Electric Forecourt includes 36 fast chargers powered by green energy. A typical 20% to 80% capacity charge will cost less than £ 10 ($ 13) for a mid-size EV. (For comparison, it cost me around £ 60 ($ 80) to refuel my Volkswagen Golf in the UK.)

Electricity is generated both by solar canopies located above the chargers and by a network of hybrid solar farms, also operated by GRIDSERVE. The UK’s first subsidy-free solar farm at Clay Hill is partnered with Braintree Electric Forecourt.

The station is the first of 100 electrical installations that GRIDSERVE and Hitachi Capital UK Plc. are planned. It’s part of a £ 1 billion ($ 1.35 billion) program to deploy more than 100 Electric Forecourt stations across the country over the next five years.

GRIDSERVE adds:

There is also a 6 MWh battery on-site which helps balance the local energy grid and shift energy to times when it is most valuable. For example, on windy winter nights, the battery can store enough energy to travel 40,000 kilometers in electric vehicles the next day, helping to maximize the value of renewable energy resources, stabilize the grid and maintain power. low prices.

Amenities

Of course, there are Tesla charging stations all over the UK, but what Electric Forecourt brings to Braintree are the same amenities as petrol and diesel rest areas at well-known retailers. In addition, it has the advantage of being powered by solar energy.

The electric vehicle service station offers amenities such as Costa Coffee, WH Smith newsstand, post office, wellness area with exercise bikes that generate electricity, business meeting room and bathrooms.

Toddington Harper, Founder and CEO of GRIDSERVE, said:

Charging should be easy and stress-free, which is why we designed our electric forecourts entirely around the needs of drivers, updating the traditional gas station model for a zero-carbon world and providing the confidence that people need to make the change. to electric transport today – a full decade before the 2030 ban on gasoline and diesel cars.

Sales of fully electric vehicles in the UK rose 122% last month compared to 2019, according to vehicle data. It is 10,345 against 4,652.

Photos: GRIDSERVE

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