Sustainable infrastructure firm Gridserve has transformed its electric highway network, upgrading its chargers across the UK’s motorways.
The upgrade comes 10 months into Gridserve’s ownership of the network. The upgrades aim to bring fast, reliable connected chargers to the UK’s busiest roadside locations.
Since June 2021, 300+ medium power electric highway chargers at 130+ motorway service areas run by Extra, Moto, Roadchef, Welcome Break and Westmorland, have been replaced by Gridserve.
Each charger now provides contactless card payment, 24-hour support, and real-time status updates.
Gridserve has also started to deliver new high power electric hubs, which consist of six or more high power chargers. Three of these new sites are operational and a further nine are under construction.
The Swansea, Exeter and Burton-in-Kendal electric hubs, with chargers capable of speeds up to 350kW, have transformed charging in these areas.
The sites are on major arterial routes in south Wales, south west and north west England, where 24 new chargers can deliver up to 100 miles of range in less than 10 minutes.
A dual charging feature has also started being rolled out on the electric highway’s medium power chargers. This enables multiple connectors to be used simultaneously on a single charger, doubling the number of cars that can charge at once at those locations.
Gridserve CEO Toddington Harper commented on the announcement in a statement, “As an early adopter of electric vehicles myself, the electric highway network played an essential role in enabling me to make the switch.
“We’ve had great feedback from drivers on both the network upgrades and also on our new high power electric hubs, which provide the best possible charging experience, and are already enabling more drivers to travel quickly and comfortably around the UK.”