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GRIDSERVE to go global with partner network plans

The Electric Forecourt in Braintree, which opened in December 2020. Image: GRIDSERVE

The Electric Forecourt in Braintree, which opened in December 2020. Image: GRIDSERVE

GRIDSERVE is launching the GRIDSERVE Partner Network to deploy its electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure across the globe.

The network is to open up the company’s ‘Sun-To-Wheel Ecosystem’ - with this referring to its hybrid solar and battery farms, electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and EV solutions – to international like-minded partners.

Partners will then be able to invest themselves, or co-invest alongside GRIDSERVE, to establish their own EV charging networks in partnership with GRIDSERVE.

The company said it is already in discussions with international petrol forecourt operators, landowners and investors to deploy its infrastructure, with an aim of speeding up the global rollout of EV charging infrastructure powered by net zero carbon sustainable energy in the shortest possible timeframes.

GRIDSERVE is also looking to connect with potential partners interested in collaborating across all the critical power infrastructure markets the company operates in, including hybrid solar farms, remote power solutions and the Electric Forecourts.

Toddington Harper, founder and CEO of GRIDSERVE, said the company is aiming to deliver sustainable energy on the scale needed to move the needle on climate change, and is "delivering this vision at an extraordinary pace" in the UK.

"However, to be serious about addressing the climate crisis, we need to think and act on a global scale," he said.

The company opened its first Electric Forecourt in December 2020, which allows 36 EVs to be charged simultaneously using 350kW chargers.

GRIDSERVE plans to open several more in the next twelve months, starting with Norwich, Gatwick, Gateshead and Uckfield, with over 100 Electric Forecourts are planned as part of a £1 billion+ investment programme.

More than 50 additional Electric Hubs, each of which will feature 6-12 350kW chargers, are also being built across the UK in a separate £100 million+ rollout. The first of these Electric Hubs opened at Rugby Services earlier this year, with several additional sites now also under construction.

In July, it brought together its three separate EV charging brands - the Electric Forecourts, Electric Hubs and Electric Highway - into one network, dubbed the GRIDSERVE Electric Highway. This follows the company acquiring the Electric Highway from Ecotricity the month prior.

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