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GRIDSERVE® submits planning application for Stevenage Electric Forecourt®

GRIDSERVE® is pleased to announce that it has submitted a planning application to build an Electric Forecourt® in Stevenage, one of over 100 sites across the UK that aim to make charging an electric vehicle (EV) as easy as using petrol stations. Visit for details.

The Stevenage Electric Forecourt®, to be located at Junction 7 of the A1(M), will offer the world’s fastest charging rates, charging a typical EV in less than 30-minutes, and put Stevenage at the forefront of the low-carbon transport revolution. The location of the forecourt will provide convenient access for the region’s private and businesses users, supplying low cost, high-speed charging from 100% renewable energy.

The planning application lodged with Stevenage Borough Council, by GRIDSERVE®, includes 34 high-speed charging bays, a coffee shop, convenience retail, and an airport-style lounge with high-speed internet. This will also serve as an education centre and hub to explore a broad range of EV solutions.

The Electric Forecourt® is designed specifically for the needs of drivers, delivering convenient, ultra-fast and low-cost charging for every electric vehicle on the market today.

Toddington Harper, CEO and founder of GRIDSERVE, says: “A large number of affordable EVs are coming to-market, and we’re about to see a steep growth curve in EV adoption. By developing this state-of-the-art Electric Forecourt® in Stevenage, we’ll be supporting Stevenage District Council and the UK to tackle air pollution, encourage low-carbon transport, and meet climate targets, while also offering a solution that’s future proofed to support the mass uptake of electric vehicles.

“Stevenage is in the unique position of being at the forefront of over 100 sites across the UK to host a GRIDSERVE Electric Forecourt®. Every site will be supporting the grid with on-site batteries and supplied by solar energy. With convenient, dependable, ultra-fast charging, we’re making charging an EV as easy as using petrol stations.”

The Stevenage Electric Forecourt® will offer:
  • Rapid charging – The site will include 34 charging bays, with batteries to support the maximum power requirements of all chargers simultaneously. They will offer less than 30-minute charge times.

  • Competitive pricing – GRIDSERVE is also investing in grid infrastructure and new solar energy capacity to be able to deliver dependable, clean, low-cost energy that materially improves the commerciality of owning and running an EV and be competitive with the cost of home charging.

  • Minimal waiting – With 34 high-speed charging bays simultaneously supporting maximum power requirements, alongside a queuing system, any waiting time will be reduced to a minimum. This will be further reduced with a future upgrade that will allow customers to reserve charging slots in advance.

GRIDSERVE’s UK-wide £1 billion programme is one of 11 in a £5 billion portfolio of energy and infrastructure projects across the UK which the Department for International Trade has selected to promote to global investors. At its launch, the Minister for Investment, Graham Stuart MP said: “As well as creating jobs and prosperity, these projects will reduce bills and deliver huge benefits for the environment.”