The Gridserve Electric Highway charging network is being equipped with ABB’s Ultrafast DC and Fast DC electric vehicle (EV) chargers.
The network will include coverage for 85 per cent of the UK’s motorway network, plus additional towns and cities across the country.
Increase in registrations
The EV market in the UK has witnessed a three-fold increase in registrations in the UK from 2019 to 2020, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
Gridserve is aiming to transform the experience of using electric vehicles, by delivering a UK-wide, sustainable energy powered network of convenient, customer-focused electric forecourts. It is also designed to help make using electric vehicles cost less than petrol or diesel combustion engine cars.
This multi-million pound investment will be supported by ABB’s Ultrafast DC 350 kW chargers at 50 of the new electric charging hubs, with each site having between six- and 12 charging units. A further 300 Fast DC 60 kW chargers will provide enhanced reliability to upgrade 150 existing sites that Gridserve has acquired from Ecotricity.
ABB will support Gridserve’s Autocharge, a new feature for most UK EV drivers that recognises the unique identity of cars and initiates automatic charging power and payments. It will also support 10 new electric Gridserve hubs planned to be in service before the end of 2021.
“Gridserve’s purpose is to deliver sustainable energy and move the needle on climate change. We’ve chosen to use ABB EV chargers as they have the technology and capability to help deliver our ambitious plans for the Gridserve Electric Highway network, and provide the best possible charging experience for EV drivers.”
“Gridserve’s purpose is to deliver sustainable energy and move the needle on climate change”
This latest project builds on ABB’s experience of delivering EV chargers for Gridserve’s inaugural Electric Forecourt in Braintree, Essex. The forecourt is part of the company’s ‘sun-to-wheel’ infrastructure built to deliver low cost, net zero carbon energy to every vehicle that uses one of Gridserve’s chargers.
They use power generated by solar canopies above the chargers together with a network of hybrid solar farms. The focus is to make EV ownership practical and realistic for thousands of drivers who don’t have access to private chargers.
Since entering the e-mobility market in 2010, ABB claims to have sold more than 400,000 electric vehicle chargers across more than 85 markets, including 20,000 fast chargers.