Moto, a leader in UK motorway service areas (MSAs), will launch a new electric vehicle (EV) site with the opening of its new Rugby Services on 30th April, following a £40 million investment programme.
Moto’s new MSA will feature 24 ultra-rapid EV charging points – 12 Tesla and 12 Electric Highway– ahead of the Government ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2030. The opening comes after the UK recently reached 15,000 EV charging locations across the country.
The ultra-rapid 350kW direct current (DC) chargers will have the capability to add up to 100 miles of range in less than five minutes and will accept contactless payment.
By the end of the year, 28 Moto sites are set to have ultra-rapid chargers. The aim is to have all Moto services with at least six ultra-rapid chargers by the end of 2022, as part of a long-term, +£100 million investment programme, including an upgrade to all existing 50kW chargers by the end of July 2021 for greater charging power ahead of increased ‘staycation’ traffic.
Following the blueprint of the new Rugby site, Moto is planning a further 24 ultra-rapid charger locations at Reading, Thurrock, and Exeter by the end of 2021.
Ken McMeikan, Chief Executive of Moto, said:
“Moto is committed to sustainable motoring and we want to play a key part in encouraging more people to have the confidence to switch into electric vehicles. Rugby Services is the most significant first step in achieving this and we’re proud to be launching the UK’s largest EV charging site.
“Our vision is to transform the UK’s rest stop experience and we think motorists will be delighted with the new Moto site at Rugby, particularly as they begin travelling again following easing of COVID-19 restrictions to see family, friends and loved ones.”
Dale Vince, Founder of the Electric Highway, added:
“Moto is a founding partner of the Electric Highway and this is our first ultra-rapid installation, which comes at a tipping point in the adoption of electric vehicles. The installation comes at the beginning of a new partnership with GRIDSERVE, which kickstarts a comprehensive programme where these installations will become ubiquitous across all Moto services, helping to make the experience of using an electric car no different to using a fossil-powered one.”
In March GRIDSERVE, a pioneer in sustainable energy solutions, and Ecotricity announced a major new collaboration to transform the Electric Highway, Europe’s first nationwide network of charge points, in order to radically develop EV charging facilities on motorways and major roads across Britain. With two elements to the transformation, all existing chargers are first being replaced with new technology. Second, the two companies are rolling out six to 12 high-power 350kW devices at all motorway service areas in order to increase capacity and reduce waiting times.
Rugby Services, located at Junction 1 of the M6, will offer motorway and non-motorway users easy access to outlets including Marks & Spencer, Greggs, Costa Coffee, KFC, Pret a Manger, Burger King, WHSmith and BP.
Originally due to open in July 2020 but delayed due to COVID-19, the new MSA opens as lockdown restrictions are easing. It may well be in high demand, with UK ‘staycations’ set to replace some travel abroad for summer 2021.