Game changer. We know it’s an overused descriptor but our GRIDSERVE Electric Forecourt® in Braintree, Essex, has the awards cabinet to back it up. Established in 2020, it’s the first EV charging station of its kind in Europe, designed to demonstrate that the future of road transport can be cleaner, cheaper, smarter and fundamentally better. We’re committed to delivering many more Electric Forecourts® in the coming years, but Braintree is where we moved from vision board to fully-fledged reality.
To keep things simple, all High Power and Medium Power chargers at the Braintree Electric Forecourt® are priced at 45p per kWh, meaning you only get charged for the amount of energy you receive rather than how long you’re plugged in for. Our Low Power EV chargers are priced at 39p per kWh, regardless of whether you use a tethered or untethered device.
Connector types: CCS, CHAdeMO
Our High Power chargers are the most powerful in the country and can provide a maximum 350kW capacity, meaning the latest electric vehicles can gain 100 miles of range in less than 10 minutes.
Connector types: CCS, CHAdeMO
Our Medium Power chargers provide a maximum 90kW capacity and can be considered the go-to charger for just about every modern electric vehicle.
Connector types: Type 2
Our Low Power chargers provide even more EV charging flexibility as they use a Type 2 connector and provide a maximum 22kW capacity. You’ll find the Type 2 connector on most plug-in electric vehicles, regardless of age, which is why we offer both tethered and untethered units.
The Braintree Electric Forecourt® is so much more than a charging destination. It features inspiring areas to work, rest and shop, with some of your favourite brands including M&S Food, Costa and WHSmith. There are office pods that are rentable by the hour, plus a dedicated electric vehicle showroom – just without any pushy sales people. All our furnishings and finishes have been considered through a lens of sustainabity to create a vibe that is so hygge, you’ll probably want to pack your dressing gown.
Travel should be an opportunity to chill, chat, learn, work, exercise or just grab that caramel latte. You’ll find your local Post Office, Costa Coffee, M&S Food and WHSmith at the Braintree Electric Forecourt®, as well as office pods, a lounge area with free WiFi, exercise bikes, children’s zone plus a picnic area for when the sun is shining. We care as much about maximising the quality of your EV charging experience as we do minimising the quantity of your charging time.
The Braintree Electric Forecourt® is for everyone and we’re committed to using this facility and our voice for the greater good, whether that’s inspiring the next generation of climate activists with school talks and scout workshops on sustainability, volunteering with Essex Council or partnering with the Essex Wildlife Trust.
The Braintree Electric Forecourt® has this week welcomed a fleet of six fully electric, on-demand minibuses that are embarking on a trial run for residents in Braintree and the surrounding areas. The on-demand shuttle service…Read more
A new M&S Food has opened at GRIDSERVE’s Electric Forecourt® in Braintree, Essex – a state-of-the-art electric vehicle charging facility located adjacent to Great Notley, just off the A131Read more
We think electric cars are pretty special, so we’re hosting a series of electrifying EV Awareness events including test drives, information sessions and special guests…Read more
It’s one thing to claim you’re sustainable but an entirely different ball game to be transparent about what you’re actually doing. Call us old school, but we’re a company that’s committed going further than throwing out some well-meaning sentences.
The Braintree Electric Forecourt® is powered exclusively by renewable energy. In fact, every kWh use across the entire GRIDSERVE Electric Highway is replaced with net zero energy. We also have a giant 5MW battery on site that harvests energy during the off-peak to support the energy resilience of the wider network.
We’re losing trees, wild spaces and the creatures that live in them at an alarming rate, so we’ve committed to ensuring a minimum 10% net gain in biodiversity at each of our Electric Forecourt® sites. We’re proud to say life is already flourishing at Braintree, thanks in particular to perennials near the entrance – planted specifically for their benefit to pollinators – and vital water now provided by our attenuation pond, a sustainable drainage system. We’ll continue to do more and measure.
Zero emissions construction may sound like a pipe dream, but we’re already deploying a variety of techniques to support this ambitious journey. Whether that’s using modular construction techniques to minimise wastage, powering generators with vegetable oil or ensuring all working vehicles are electrified, we want to set the standard and inspire the next generation of builders. And even now the building is in use, we’re still thinking of ways to increase its efficiency, from installing green walls that enhance insulation and cooling, to collecting rainwater to flush our toilets.
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We are open for EV charging 24/7, 365 days a year. Outside of retail hours, you can call our Customer Service hotline on +44 333 1234 333 if you need assistance with charging.
The Forecourt is open from 7am – 9pm, 7 days a week. Our retail centre includes Costa Coffee, M&S Food, WHSmith and other facilities – a wellness area, electric car leasing showroom, toilets and a kids’ zone. Retail and Post Office opening times can be subject to change during and Christmas and New Year.
The Post Office is open from 9am – 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. On Saturday it opens from 9am – 1pm and is closed on Sunday.
You can book one of our private office pods for collaborative work or a quiet space. Prices vary depending on the size of the room, and can be booked for as little as an hour.
There’s no better way to decide on a new car than take it for a test drive, particularly if you’re thinking of switching to an electric car. GRIDSERVE is leading the way in electric car leasing and we offer a one-stop shop to test, lease and charge your next car at our Braintree Electric Forecourt®. You can experience back-to-back test drives for a whole range of new car makes and models. Fancy driving an electric car? Book a Test Drive