The UK’s first EV-only service station is here and it’s a peek into the future
By Sourced Externally
December 5, 2020
Earlier this year, ground was broken on the UK‘s first motorway service station designed specifically for electric vehicles. Despite a small delay, it’s now finished and ready to open to the public next week.
As we’ve covered before, the service station will be able to charge 30 EVs at the same time, and has chargers with a peak power output of 350kW. In other words, it should have enough power to fast charge EVs that aren’t even released yet.
Indeed, as you’ll see in the video, future proofing its chargers was a key focus for Gridserve, the company behind this EV charging station.
Plenty of renewable energy tech has gone into Gridserve’s Essex location, and hopefully it’ll serve as a model for future motorway services.
Alongside the solar panels that are used to create a canopy for the chargers, there’s also a 60 acre field full of solar panels not too far away. Those panels generate 10 gigawatt hours of electricity per year. That’s enough energy from the suns rays to power 5,000 electric cars for a year.
In other words, 10 gWh is enough power to charge 5,000 EVs for all their energy needs and driving for 12 months.
The service station also has a 6,000 kWh battery storage system. To put that into context, Gridserve CEO Toddington Harper says this is enough energy to power 24,000 miles of electric driving.