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GRIDSERVE delivers Cumbria’s first Electric Super Hub to Moto Burton-in-Kendal

Visitors heading to the Lake District can now charge on the go with ease thanks to the opening of a GRIDSERVE Electric Super Hub at Moto Burton-in-Kendal.

The all-new site, located on the southern edge of Cumbria between junction 35 and 36 of the M6 northbound, features six 350kW-capable High Power chargers  – enough for the latest electric vehicles to add up to 100-miles of range in less than 10 minutes.

According to Zap-Map, EV drivers travelling in and around this part of the north west of England will have found themselves struggling to charge quickly, with no chargers above 150kW installed between the cities of Preston and Carlisle.

The new Electric Super Hub at the Moto site of Burton-in-Kendal instantly changes this landscape, providing quick, convenient charging for both Cumbrians and those travelling to and through the area.

Conveniently, Burton-in-Kendal is located at the gateway to the Lake District, an area of outstanding natural beauty that was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017 and welcomes nearly 16 million visitors each year.

The development represents part of GRIDSERVE’s multi-million pound investment in upgrading and expanding the GRIDSERVE Electric Highway, which covers more than 80% of the UK’s motorways.

The Burton-in-Kendal Electric Super Hub features both CCS and CHAdeMO connectors, includes one accessibility bay and accepts contactless payment. In keeping with GRIDSERVE’s purpose to move the needle on climate change, the chargers are also powered by 100% net zero carbon energy from the company’s pioneering hybrid solar and battery farms.

Toddington Harper, founder and CEO of GRIDSERVE, said: “Burton-in-Kendal is the latest Electric Super Hub in our ongoing commitment to support all EV drivers and connect all corners of the UK to a charging network that is dependable, easy to use and delivers the best performance using clean, sustainable energy. We’re working towards a position whereby the EV charging experience at motorway service areas like Exeter, Swansea, Rugby and now Burton-in-Kendal are not the exceptions for customers, but the rule.”

The first Electric Super Hub GRIDSERVE pioneered in the UK was at Moto Rugby, located at junction one of the M6 and 165-miles from Burton-in-Kendal. With most modern electric vehicles now able to travel more than 200-miles on a single charge, many EV drivers will now be able to enjoy travelling the length of the M6 using just the newly-installed chargers.

Moto Chief Executive, Ken McMeikan, said: “At Moto, we are absolutely passionate about transforming the electric vehicle charging experience for drivers across the UK’s motorways by delivering the capacity, reliability, simplicity and charging speed UK motorists need. As the biggest motorway services operator in the UK, Moto is uniquely positioned to help redress the geographic imbalances in the EV charging market and we are delivering on that potential.”