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GRIDSERVE completes motorway EV charging upgrade works

Alongside the upgrades, GRIDSERVE has also opened three new Electric Hubs. Image: GRIDSERVE

Alongside the upgrades, GRIDSERVE has also opened three new Electric Hubs. Image: GRIDSERVE

GRIDSERVE has now upgraded all legacy motorway electric vehicle (EV) chargers, with the company also progressing with its Electric Hub rollout.

While GRIDSERVE committed to upgrading the Electric Highway chargers in a 2021 deal that saw the company take a 25% stake in the EV charging network, before it fully acquired the Electric Highway from Ecotricity several months later.

Since June 2021, over 300 existing medium power Electric Highway chargers at over 130 motorway services areas run by Extra, Moto, Roadchef, Welcome Break and Westmorland have been replaced by GRIDSERVE.

These now provide contactless payment, 24-hour support and real-time status upgrades.

Toddington Harper, CEO of GRIDSERVE, said: "Headwinds caused by global supply chain issues, manufacturing and transportation delays, compounded with new contractual issues to work through, made completing our upgrade plans more challenging than we had initially anticipated, so we are really pleased to be able to celebrate this milestone today."

Additionally, this month sees the start of the rollout of a dual charging feature on the medium power chargers on the GRIDSERVE Electric Highway. This is to enable multiple connectors to be used at the same time on a single charger, therefore doubling the number of cars that can charge at once at those locations.

GRIDSERVE's Exeter Electric Hub, one of three new hubs opened by the company. Image: GRIDSERVE
GRIDSERVE's Exeter Electric Hub, one of three new hubs opened by the company. Image: GRIDSERVE

The buildout of its high power Electric Hubs, which consist of six or more high-power chargers, is also continuing, with three new hubs now operational.

These are located in Swansea, Exeter and Burton-in-Kendal, with a further nine Electric Hubs in construction. Each have 350kW chargers and are on what GRIDSERVE described as major arterial routes in south Wales and north west England.

Its Electric Hubs, as well as the Electric Forecourts and Electric Highway chargers, all fall under the GRIDSERVE Electric Highway brand.

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