A new high-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging hub is opening today in Croydon. The site is part of a wider rollout of over 150 charging hubs that are being delivered across the UK by Osprey in a £75 million programme that aims to eliminate charging anxiety ahead of the 2030 ban on new petrol and diesel cars.
London’s recently expanded Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) puts even tougher restrictions on vehicles that do not comply with the tight emission standards, subjecting many drivers to daily charges of up to £12.50. The ULEZ now covers over 3.8 million people across the city, making EVs an even more attractive solution for drivers across London.
In addition, the number of EVs in the city has increased by 95% in 2021 compared to the previous year, causing demand for public charging infrastructure to skyrocket. The Mayor’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Delivery Plan estimates that by 2025 London may need up to 4,000 rapid charging points. Osprey’s new hub in Croydon provides a blueprint for rapid EV charging infrastructure in the city.
The new hub will help to decrease vehicle emissions from London’s roads, a critical issue for Croydon, which is identified as one of the boroughs most affected by air pollution, with the most air pollution-related deaths in the city last year.
“London drew a line in the sand with the expansion of the ULEZ zone in the city, sending a clear message to Londoners to rapidly switch to cleaner modes of transport. Our new hub in Croydon – one of the most powerful of its kind in the city – will give current and future EV drivers in London access to reliable and convenient charging,” said Ian Johnson, CEO of Osprey Charging.
“Our nationwide hubs roll-out will see large-scale charging infrastructure deployed rapidly, at the scale required to serve the mass market of EV drivers hitting Britain’s roads in the coming years.”
The hub is located in Purley Cross Retail Park, adjacent to a number of popular retail outlets including Starbucks, Aldi and Smyths Toys, allowing drivers to charge their cars whilst they shop. The hub supports major transport routes into the city and sees 18,500 cars pass by every day.
All the chargers are manufactured by Tritium, recognised for their reliability and ease of use. The hub includes six Tritium chargers: four 75kW points and two that can charge at up to 175KW, capable of adding 100 miles of charge in just 10 minutes.
This should be particularly beneficial for the growing number of EV taxi drivers in the capital. There are now more than 3,750 electric taxis on London’s roads, a figure that is set to rapidly increase after the city’s largest taxi and private hire company, Addison Lee, announced plans to go fully electric by 2023.
“Switching my taxi to an EV has been a game-changer – I’ve managed to significantly cut running costs, reduce my impact on air pollution and the improved overall driving experience has been a revelation,” said local EV taxi driver Simon Fleming.
“Osprey’s new hub is excellent news for EV drivers in London, providing the essential public infrastructure needed to give drivers the confidence to go electric, today.”
Osprey’s £75 million UK-wide EV charging hub rollout will see a total of 1,500 150-175KW rapid chargers installed across 150 sites nationwide over the next four years. Each hub will be located on strategic A-roads and adjacent to motorways, hosting up to 12 high powered chargers. Over 10 hubs are in construction, and the first of the programme opened in Wolverhampton last month.
Osprey was recently voted, for the second year running, one of the UK’s favourite public charging networks by EV drivers around the country in the Zap-Map Customer Satisfaction Rankings, also receiving an ‘EV Driver Recommended’ accreditation.