Osprey Charging has opened the “South West’s largest [electric vehicle] EV charging hub” consisting of 16 ultra-rapid chargepoints.
The EV charging hub is located on the A38 Devon Expressway at Salmon’s Leap in Buckfastleigh and designed to support EVs of all types.
Each charger is capable of providing 300kW charging for vehicles able to accept this high power without wasting power on lower-capability cars, Osprey said. This allows customers of the hub to add 100 miles of range in 15 to 25 minutes.
Osprey also stated that it will provide local residents, businesses and visitors with reliable EV infrastructure, help improve air quality, reduce noise pollution and support local decarbonisation efforts.
“I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve created at Salmon’s Leap. We purchased the land so have been able to precisely design the space and install hardware that maximises availability and ease of use of chargers for all types of vehicles and drivers,” said Ian Johnston, CEO of Osprey Charging.
“Our largest site yet, it is a significant milestone for the Osprey team as we work tirelessly to ensure that our nationwide infrastructure deployment of rapid EV charging stations continues at an unprecedented pace.”
Osprey was amongst a number of founding members of the new trade association ChargeUK. Revealed in April 2023, the association is aiming to invest £6 billion by 2030 in EV charging and double the size of the UK EV charging network in 2023.
The trade association formed at a time when EV adoption has been surging. According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the number of EVs on the UK roads grew to 1.1 million in early 2023. The increase in EVs means that the number of chargepoints rolled out is lagging behind. In 2021 there was one public chargepoint per 31 EVs, with this having fallen to one for every 36.