Gridserve and Roadchef, two players in the electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure arena, are scaling up their collaboration by rolling out six High-Power Charging (HPC) hubs, termed ‘Electric Super Hubs,' within Roadchef's Motorway Service Areas across the United Kingdom. Two of these hubs are already operational, with plans for an additional four locations soon to be commissioned.
The first two Electric Super Hubs are strategically positioned at Watford Gap North and South along the M1 motorway. Each hub is equipped with a minimum of six fast-chargers boasting a formidable 350 kW charging capacity. Gridserve, the driving force behind this initiative, aims to deploy more than 50 EV chargers across these six sites, comprising 48 High Power Chargers (HPC) and six EV chargers with 7 kW capacity at the Chester Services Super 8 Hotel.
The forthcoming Electric Super Hubs will be strategically situated at Annandale Water (A74(M)), Bothwell (M74), and Sandbach (M6). All fast-chargers at these hubs will be outfitted with both CCS and CHAdeMO connectors.
Toddington Harper, CEO of Gridserve, expressed enthusiasm about this expansion, stating, “The 18 High Power chargers at Watford Gap are a very welcome addition on the M1, and it's great to see the new Scottish Electric Super Hubs at Annandale Water and Bothwell beginning to take shape to support EV journeys in and around Scotland.”
In the next phase of development, Roadchef plans to introduce a driver's lounge, although specific details of this offering are yet to be disclosed.
Paul Comer, Director of EV Implementation at Roadchef, emphasized the importance of adapting to the evolving automotive landscape, saying, “As more people travel on the roads, and the majority will be in EVs, it's essential for our facilities to be expanded and upgraded to meet the demand. We always strive to deliver on customer satisfaction at Roadchef, and we're certain the developments we have in the pipeline will provide motorists with the facilities they need to have a comfortable stop while they charge.”
This partnership builds upon prior collaborations between the two companies, with Gridserve already having installed over 40 Gridserve medium-power and 24 standalone chargers across 29 Roadchef sites. The move underscores their commitment to enhancing EV charging accessibility and convenience for motorists across the UK.