Plymouth is looking to become one of the beneficiaries of over 100 locations across the UK to feature a GRIDSERVE Electric Forecourt®, delivering convenient, ultra-fast, stress-free charging for drivers of all types of electric vehicles – particularly those who don’t have off-street charging at home.
Electric Forecourts® are supplied by 100% renewable, net zero carbon energy, and represent a critical part of the solution needed to support the transition to mass market numbers of electric vehicles, in advance of the ban of new petrol or diesel vehicles in 8.5 years from now.
GRIDSERVE is pleased to announce that it intends to submit a planning application to build an Electric Forecourt® in Plymouth, one of over 100 sites across the UK that aim to make charging an electric vehicle (EV) as easy as using petrol stations. Visit www.gridserve.com/plymouth for details.
The Plymouth Electric Forecourt®, to be located off the A386 / Outland Road, will offer the world’s fastest charging rates, with the ability to charge an EV in less than 30-minutes, and help to position Plymouth 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 powered by 100% renewable energy.
The current proposal by GRIDSERVE®, includes 32 charging bays, a coffee shop, convenience retail, and an airport-style lounge with high-speed internet. This will also serve as a learning centre to raise interest and share information about all topics related to electric vehicles, and provide the confidence, and platform people need to help make the transition to electric vehicles in the earliest possible timeframes.
The Electric Forecourt® is designed specifically for the needs of drivers, delivering convenient, ultra-fast and low-cost charging for every type of electric vehicle on the market today.
Toddington Harper, CEO and founder of GRIDSERVE, says:
“Plymouth City Council has declared a climate emergency with the intention for Plymouth to become carbon neutral by 2030. By developing this state-of-the-art Electric Forecourt® in Plymouth, we will be supporting the City Council in achieving this objective. It will support residents of Plymouth to tackle local air pollution and encourage low-carbon transport, while also offering a solution that is future proofed to support the mass uptake of electric vehicles.”
“Plymouth 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 are making charging an EV as easy as using petrol stations, with the best possible customer experience.”
The Plymouth Electric Forecourt® will offer:
- The fastest possible charging – the site will include 32 charging bays, with batteries to support the maximum power requirements of all chargers simultaneously, with 20-30-minute chargetimes expected initially, and even quicker in the future.
- 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 economics for owning and running an EV, and is especially useful for people who can’t charge at home.
- Minimal waiting – with 32 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.”
GRIDSERVE plans to deliver Electric Forecourts® at more than 100 locations across the UK on busy routes, near powerful grid connections close to towns, cities, and major transport hubs. Location permitting, the company will also build new solar farms adjacent to Electric Forecourts®, which will supply their electricity directly. GRIDSERVE® is also developing several large solar farms, supported by batteries, to supply net zero carbon energy via the grid for the remaining sites, to ensure that 100% of the electricity is clean, dependable, and low cost.