GRIDSERVE and Moto have unveiled the latest high-powered ‘Electric Super Hub’ on the UK’s busiest motorway. The new site – at Moto Thurrock, located on the eastern side of the M25 between junctions 30 and 31 – features 12 GRIDSERVE electric vehicle (EV) chargers.
The Thurrock chargers are able to provide up to 350kW of power, meaning the latest EVs could add, in less than 15 minutes charging time, the 117 miles of range required to drive around the M25.
All GRIDSERVE Electric Hubs have been designed to feature both CCS and CHAdeMO connectors, accept contactless payment and provide real-time status updates to the Zap-Map app and desktop map. The chargers are also powered by 100% net zero carbon energy from the company’s hybrid solar + battery farms.
“We are committed to building a UK-wide charging network at a speed that will help give EV drivers the confidence they need to undertake any journey, irrespective of what electric vehicle they drive, and charge quickly, reliably and affordably,” said Toddington Harper, CEO of GRIDSERVE.
“This is what is necessary to move the needle on climate change. Thurrock is further proof that we’re building on our partnership with Moto and we’ll continue to deliver more High Power Electric Super Hubs throughout the year.”
The Thurrock Electric Super Hub itself will provide quick, convenient charging for both the Thurrock and wider Essex communities, as well as visitors to the nearby Lakeside and Bluewater Shopping Centres. The Thurrock Electric Super Hub also supports the Mayor of London’s EV infrastructure strategy, as the vast majority (74%) of car and taxi trips that include the M25 are known to start or end in London.
GRIDSERVE and its partners at Moto are committed to levelling up EV charging infrastructure across the UK, ensuring that drivers in every part of the country have access to dependable, affordable and super-fast EV charging – whether local to their home or on the motorway network to support long distance journeys.
The deployment of the Thurrock Electric Super Hub is the latest demonstration of this commitment, representing part of a multi-million-pound investment into expanding the GRIDSERVE Electric Highway – a nationwide EV charging network that was acquired by the sustainable energy company 11 months ago.
Thanks to its partnership with Moto – the UK’s largest motorway services operator – GRIDSERVE has delivered four all-new High Power Electric Super Hubs at the company’s sites in just five weeks; Burton-in-Kendal, Exeter, Swansea and now Thurrock. Within the same timeframe, GRIDSERVE has also opened its second, world-leading Electric Forecourt in Norwich.
“We are delighted with the progress that our partnership with GRIDSERVE is making towards delivering a future of more sustainable motoring,” said Moto Chief Executive, Ken McMeikan.
“As a business, Moto is currently on track to deliver above and beyond Government-set targets of six rapid chargers at each motorway service area by 2023. We have seen exceptional usage at our first ultra-rapid hub at Rugby, which opened last year and been thrilled with the hugely positive response from our EV driving customers.”