Vans welcome! Gridserve completes upgrade of former Ecotricity chargers across motorway network

Gridserve has completed its extensive upgrades of the legacy Electric Highway EV charging network on the UK’s motorway network, providing reliable and convenient EV charging infrastructure to revolutionise the experience of driving an EV, especially on longer journeys. 

One key improvement is the installation of larger bays to enable vans to be charged.

Key points:

  • All legacy motorway chargers on the GRIDSERVE Electric Highway have now been replaced
  • Contactless, reliable, fast charging is now available across the network 
  • New High Power Electric Hub build out continues with Swansea, Exeter and Burton-in-Kendal now open 

In just under ten months, over 300 existing Medium Power Electric Highway chargers at over 130 motorway service areas run by Extra, Moto, Roadchef, Welcome Break and Westmorland, have been replaced with reliable modern chargers offering contactless payment, 24-hour support, real-time status updates and more.

Since Gridserve began the Electric Highway upgrades in 2021, the network (formerly operated by Ecotricity) achieved its highest customer satisfaction rating in its 10-year history in Zap-Map’s consumer survey, promising a much-improved experience for EV drivers on motorways in future. 

As well as upgrading existing chargers, Gridserve continues to invest in new High Power Electric Hubs at motorway services across the UK, which consist of six or more high power chargers. Three of these new sites already operational and a further nine are under construction.

The Swansea, Exeter and Burton-in-Kendal Electric Hubs, capable of speeds up to 350kW, can deliver up to 100 miles of range in less than 10 minutes to those travelling to or passing through the region.

It comes just 10-months into ownership of the GRIDSERVE Electric Highway, the company has transformed the network, upgraded all its chargers across the UK’s motorways, bringing fast, reliable, connected chargers to the UK’s busiest roadside locations.

New, wider bays can also accommodate vans as well as SUV-style vehicles. This is Exeter’s high-power charging site

Since June 2021, over 300 existing Medium Power Electric Highway chargers at over 130 motorway service areas run by Extra, Moto, Roadchef, Welcome Break and Westmorland, have been replaced by GRIDSERVE, and now provide contactless card payment, 24-hour support, real-time status updates and much more.   

In addition to upgrading the medium power chargers with the latest technology, work continues at pace to drive the motorway high power charging experience to the next level. GRIDSERVE has already started to deliver new High Power Electric Hubs, which consist of six or more high power chargers, with three of these new sites operational today and a further nine currently under construction.  

The Swansea, Exeter and Burton-in-Kendal Electric Hubs, with chargers capable of speeds up to 350kW, have transformed charging in these areas. The sites are on major arterial routes in south Wales, south west and north west England, where 24 new chargers can deliver up to 100 miles of range in less than 10 minutes to those travelling to or passing through the locations.  

This is by no means mission complete for the upgraded medium power charging locations, rather GRIDSERVE’s approach is one of continuous improvement and innovation. As an example, this month also sees the start of the roll out of the dual charging feature on the medium power chargers on the GRIDSERVE Electric Highway. This improvement enables multiple connectors to be used at the same time, on a single charger, doubling the number of cars that can charge at once at those locations.   

The original Electric Highway network was created in the early days of electric vehicles and was a critical step in enabling travel for early adopters of electric vehicles. This decade, with the 2030 ban on new petrol or diesel vehicles, significant growth continues to be needed to support the mass market transition to electric vehicles. 

GRIDSERVE CEO Toddington Harper said; “As an early adopter of electric vehicles myself, the Electric Highway network played an essential role in enabling me to make the switch. However those days are long gone and GRIDSERVE’s focus is delivering an EV charging network fit for purpose to support the mass-market transition to electric vehicles.

“Following us commencing the upgrades in 2021, within a matter of months the GRIDSERVE Electric Highway achieved the highest customer satisfaction rating in the network’s 10-year history in Zap-Map’s consumer survey.

“Headwinds caused by global supply chain issues, manufacturing and transportation delays, compounded with new contractual issues to work through, made completing our upgrade plans more challenging than we had initially anticipated, so we are really pleased to be able to celebrate this milestone today. 

“We’ve had great feedback from drivers on both the network upgrades and also on our new High Power Electric Hubs, which provide the best possible charging experience, and are already enabling more drivers to travel quickly and comfortably around the UK”. 

GRIDSERVE continues to invest in rapidly upgrading the UK’s charging infrastructure with additional Electric Hubs and Electric Forecourts, whilst being committed to maintaining a network that drivers can rely on. The Minister for Transport Decarbonisation, Trudy Harrison MP, praised GRIDSERVE saying; “I welcome the leadership GRIDSERVE has shown.” 

About GRIDSERVE

GRIDSERVE is a tech-enabled sustainable energy business whose purpose is to deliver sustainable energy and move the needle on climate change. It has pioneered a Sun-to-Wheel ecosystem that includes the most advanced hybrid solar + battery farms, award-winning electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and a customer-centric electric vehicle leasing platform. GRIDSERVE’s team has been responsible for the development, construction and operation of more than a gigawatt of solar energy and energy storage solutions, including connecting over 100 utility-scale sustainable energy projects to the UK grid.

In the UK, GRIDSERVE is transforming the EV charging experience and accelerating the decarbonisation of transport through its award-winning GRIDSERVE Electric Highway charging network that is supplied by net zero carbon energy and includes GRIDSERVE’s pioneering Electric Forecourts®, Electric Hubs and Motorway Service Areas that cover 85% of the UK’s motorways. 

GRIDSERVE’s Partner Network has been established to connect with like-minded businesses and organisations and help put the world on a zero carbon trajectory. You can learn more here: GRIDSERVE | COP26 #deliver

GRIDSERVE is interested in connecting with people and businesses interested in leasing electric vehicles, project developers, landowners, land agents, local authorities, and multiple other potential partners who share our vision in collaborating across all the critical power infrastructure markets we operate in, including Electric Forecourts®, hybrid solar farms, and remote power solutions.

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