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The UK’s first all-electric charging forecourt is open

| In Motoring News

The UK’s surge towards electrification continues with the opening of our very first electric vehicle charging forecourt. Based on the A131 near Braintree in Essex, the station has been designed by sustainable energy firm Gridserve and can simultaneously charge 36 vehicles.

The company has said by using solar panels located on the roof of the main building and in a number of partnering solar farms, the site’s chargers use net zero carbon energy. These panels combined generate roughly enough power for 26,000 miles of travel. Charging power outputs range from 7kW, all the way to 350kW and drivers are charged 24p per kWh of electricity. This makes the new site far cheaper than any other ‘ultra-high-speed’ charging provider in the UK.  

Whilst your Tesla, Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 and so on is charging, there is plenty to keep you entertained. There’s a WHS Smith, supermarket and Costa; office pods, a ‘high-tech’ kid’s play area and even exercise bikes which help to power to forecourt. If you work up a sweat on the bike, there are of course showers on hand. 

The opening of the new electric charging site comes only a matter of weeks after the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson announced the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles will be brought forward from 2040 to 2030. The range of alternatively fuelled vehicles has and continues to expand rapidly. The likes of Vauxhall, Peugeot, Jaguar, Hyundai, Kia, Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Volkswagen have joined the EV movement over the past few years. 

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