Osprey Charging has partnered with British Garden Centres in order to add ultra-rapid charging hubs for electric vehicles (EVs) at 12 stores across the UK.
The ultra-rapid charging hubs are said to be capable of adding 100 miles of range in 20-30 minutes for EVs, with the first set to be established in a Carmarthen store in Wales. This will include eight ultra-rapid (159kW) chargers and is set to open later this year.
Further hubs will be developed across UK garden centres including Wimborne (Dorset), Carr Gate (Yorkshire), Braintree (Essex) and Harrow (London). A total of 12 sites have been confirmed with a mix of these larger hubs and some smaller installations depending on the size of the site and availability of power.
“The British Garden Centres name is synonymous with first-class customer experience, and we’re delighted to provide safe, reliable, and accessible charging at their UK stores,” said Ian Johnston, CEO of Osprey Charging.
“We look forward to a fruitful partnership as we work together to offer EV charging at more of its centres up and down the country.”
In September, it announced plans to develop 150 rapid EV charging hubs over the next four years in a £75 million programme.
The partnership with British garden Centres becomes the latest for Osprey in developing the necessary EV charging infrastructure in the UK required to expand the clean revolution on the roads.
“We work hard to provide our customers with expert gardening knowledge, great value, the industry’s best gardening products and the highest quality of food in our restaurants,” said Amy Stubbs, daughter of the founder, from British Garden Centres.
“Partnering with Osprey allows us to build upon this further by letting our growing number of EV driving customers charge their vehicles at a time and location that is convenient for them, whilst they visit our stores.”