New GRIDSERVE High Power Electric Super Hub unveiled at Moto Thurrock

  • GRIDSERVE and Moto open latest High Power Electric Super Hub at Moto Thurrock, featuring 12 x High Power 350kW-capable chargers
  • First GRIDSERVE Electric Super Hub to serve the M25 is a major step forward towards proving reliable and super-fast EV charging for the 200,000 vehicles travelling on the M25 each day[i].
  • Major boost for London-based drivers who face increasing incentives to switch to electric

GRIDSERVE and Moto today unveil the latest High Power Electric Super Hub on the UK’s busiest motorway. The all-new site at Moto Thurrock, located on the eastern side of the M25 between junctions 30 and 31, features 12 of GRIDSERVE’s industry-leading electric vehicle (EV) chargers. The chargers have the capability of providing up to 350kW of power, meaning the latest electric vehicles could add the 117 miles of range required to drive around London’s Orbital Motorway in less than 15 minutes charging time.

To maximise accessibility, all GRIDSERVE Electric Hubs have been designed to feature both CCS and CHAdeMO connectors, accept contactless payment and provide real-time status updates to a myriad of popular EV charging maps. 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 + battery farms.

GRIDSERVE and its partners at Moto are committed to levelling up EV charging infrastructure across the UK, ensuring that drivers in every part of the country have access to dependable, affordable and super-fast EV charging – whether local to their home or on the motorway network to support long distance journeys.

The deployment of the Thurrock Electric Super Hub is the latest demonstration of this commitment, representing part of a multi-million-pound investment into expanding the GRIDSERVE Electric Highway – a nationwide EV charging network that was acquired by the sustainable energy company 11 months ago. Thanks to its partnership with Moto – the UK’s largest motorway services operator – GRIDSERVE has delivered three all-new High Power Electric Super Hubs at the company’s sites in just five weeks; Burton-in-Kendal, Exeter and now Thurrock. Within this timeframe, GRIDSERVE has also opened its second, world-leading Electric Forecourt® format in Norwich.

Toddington Harper, CEO of GRIDSERVE, said: 
“We are committed to building a UK-wide charging network at a speed that will help give EV drivers the confidence they need to undertake any journey, irrespective of what electric vehicle they drive, and charge quickly, reliably and affordably. This is what is necessary to move the needle on climate change. Thurrock is further proof that we’re building on our partnership with Moto and we’ll continue to deliver more High Power Electric Super Hubs throughout the year. The level of passion on display and the pace of development within GRIDSERVE never ceases to amaze me.”

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. We are delighted with the progress that our partnership with GRIDSERVE is making towards delivering a future of more sustainable motoring. As a business, Moto is currently on track to deliver above and beyond Government-set targets of six rapid chargers at each motorway service area by 2023. We have seen exceptional usage at our first Ultra-rapid hub at Rugby which opened last year and been thrilled with the hugely positive response from our EV driving customers”.

Thurrock’s Electric Super Hub will provide quick, convenient charging for both the Thurrock and wider Essex communities, as well as visitors to the nearby Lakeside and Bluewater Shopping Centres. The Thurrock Electric Super Hub also supports the Mayor of London’s EV infrastructure strategy, as the vast majority (74%) of car and taxi trips that include the M25 are known to start or end in London[ii]. Not only are electric vehicles far cheaper to recharge than filling a car with petrol or diesel; they are free from Vehicle Excise Duty and exempt from the London Congestion Zone and Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), both of which now levy charges seven days a week. The Mayor of London has an ambition for the Capital to be a zero-carbon city by 2030.

References

[i] https://www.standard.co.uk/news/transport/britain-s-most-hated-motorway-the-m25-turns-30-years-old-a3381706.html

[ii] 74% car and taxi trips on M25 start / end in London: https://www.racfoundation.org/media-centre/who-uses-the-m25

Notes to Editors 

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About GRIDSERVE (www.gridserve.com)  

GRIDSERVE® is a tech-enabled sustainable energy business whose purpose is to deliver sustainable energy and move the needle on climate change. It has pioneered a Sun-to-Wheel ecosystem that includes the most advanced hybrid solar + battery farms, award-winning electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and a customer-centric electric vehicle leasing platform. GRIDSERVE’s team has been responsible for the development, construction and operation of more than a gigawatt of solar energy and energy storage solutions, including connecting over 100 utility-scale sustainable energy projects to the UK grid. 
 
In the UK, GRIDSERVE® is transforming the EV charging experience and accelerating the decarbonisation of transport through its award-winning GRIDSERVE Electric Highway charging network that is supplied by net zero carbon energy and includes GRIDSERVE’s pioneering Electric Forecourts®, Electric Hubs and Motorway Service Areas that cover 85% of the UK’s motorways.  

GRIDSERVE’s® Partner Network has been established to connect with like-minded businesses and organisations and help put the world on a zero carbon trajectory. You can learn more here: GRIDSERVE | COP26 #deliver 

GRIDSERVE is interested in connecting with people and businesses interested in leasing electric vehicles, project developers, landowners, land agents, local authorities, and multiple other potential partners who share our vision in collaborating across all the critical power infrastructure markets we operate in, including Electric Forecourts®, hybrid solar farms, and remote power solutions. 

 About Moto

Moto is the UK’s largest Motorway Service Area business, serving more than 120 million visitors every year across 61 UK sites. Moto provides a wide range of services for motorists including parking, fuel and EV charging, hot food and drink, washing and shower facilities and toilets. Its sites are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and host over 300 branded restaurants, shops and forecourts with partner brands including Marks & Spencer, Pret a Manger, Greggs, Costa Coffee, Burger King, WH Smith, KFC and BP. It is the leading provider of ultra-rapid EV charging points across the UK motorway network and is on track to go well above and beyond the government target of six ultra-rapid chargers at each motorway site by 2023.