More than a charging destination

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.

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.

Facilities

  • Car showroom
  • EV test drives
  • 4 office pods
  • G Lounge
  • Bicycle parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Dog walking area
  • Children’s area
  • Disability access
  • Superfast WiFi
  • Café
  • 6 washrooms
Test drives

The future is electric

Back-to-back test drives with the latest models are now available at the Braintree Electric Forecourt®. Experience electric now.

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Meeting rooms

A space for big ideas

Climate-controlled, soundproofed, and ergonomically designed, our meeting rooms are rentable by the hour and can accommodate individuals and small groups looking to concentrate and collaborate.

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Thinking local

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.

Sustainability

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.

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Our Sun-to-Wheel ecosystem

Sun-to-Wheel is a big, bold idea for a moment that requires big, bold ideas. It’s a bit like the oil industry’s well-to-wheel process – but without any of the bad stuff – and allows us to deliver net zero transport that’s better for your pocket and our planet.

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.

Latest stories

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Fully electric on-demand minibus service

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…

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M&S Food opens at GRIDSERVE’s Electric Forecourt® in Braintree, Essex

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Frequently asked questions

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