Going The Distance: Gridserve and Moto open latest set of high powered EV chargers

Electric vehicle (EV) charging giant Gridserve has this week opened new High Power Electric Super Hubs at the Moto Heston Westbound and Moto Severn View service stations, as it continues to rapidly expand its network across the UK’s motorway network.

The Moto Heston Westbound site now hosts 11 High Power Chargers, delivering up to 350kW and serves the M4 near London and Heathrow. Meanwhile, Moto Severn View – dubbed “the gateway to South Wales” – now hosts six up to 350kW chargers, with the capacity to expand the site to cater to future demand.

The new Electric Super Hubs will provide road users with access to chargers capable of adding up to 100 miles of range in less than 10 minutes.

Fresh from the company’s victory at this week’s BusinessGreen Leaders Awards, Toddington Harper, CEO of Gridserve, said the new chargers would allow EV drivers to exclusively rely on its Electric Super Hubs to power them from London to Pembrokeshire or Pembrokeshire to London along the M4:

“Gridserve is continuing its multimillion-pound investment in the Gridserve Electric Highway charging network with the launch of its fifth and sixth Electric Super Hubs delivered so far this year,” he said. “We’re building a robust, dependable, nationwide charging network so that anyone, anywhere, can feel confident about driving any type of electric vehicle and have a great charging experience.”

Over the past five years, access to charging points has increased by 335 per cent according to Zap Map, with the UK tally currently standing at nearly 31,000 public charging devices. However, such figures do not tell the whole story, Gridserve said. Access to high-powered charging on the UK’s motorway network is particularly important, the firm argued, where drivers are more likely to be traveling longer distances and require quicker and more convenient high-powered charging.

So far in 2022, Moto and Gridserve have added 53 high power chargers across six new Electric Super Hubs in historically underserved areas of the UK, including Swansea, Exeter, Thurrock, and Burton-in-Kendal.

“As the largest UK Motorway Services Operator, Moto is setting out to transform the EV charging experience for motorists on motorways with the roll-out of Ultra-Rapid Charging Hubs at all of our sites over the coming 12 months,” said Moto chief executive , Ken McMeikan. “Alongside our partners at Gridserve, this roll-out is allowing us to bring significant upgrades in power and charging facilities at our sites.”

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