BP Chargemaster opens ‘largest’ universal rapid charging hub

[Of course, some of you will know about this place from my blog in January about the Milton Keynes Mushrooms]


BP Chargemaster has opened a new rapid EV charging hub in Milton Keynes, claiming it to be the largest of its kind in the UK.

The hub was developed by Milton Keynes Council and contractor Ringway as part of the Go Ultra Low City programme. It was funded as part of a £9 million investment package from a £40 million pot distributed to various local authorities by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).

Milton Keynes 'Mushrooms' Charging Hub (Image: T. Larkum)

Milton Keynes ‘Mushrooms’ Charging Hub (Image: T. Larkum)

The site hosts eight 50kW rapid chargers that any EV can hook up to and charge from. A universal charging hub gives drivers confidence that they can charge their vehicles and that the infrastructure is there, BP Chargemaster’s Tom Callow told Current±, adding that hubs of this size also help raise consumer awareness.

“It’s a shame if you’re a driver of a different type of EV. You want the kind of experience where you can turn up somewhere and have a really good chance of charging. So it was really important to have chargers that work on every type of EV,” Callow added, continuing that it gives an almost “Tesla-type of experience” that will help “ease people’s minds.”

Over 500 EVs have used the hub since it went live, with the site providing access to the facilities at the main Coachway building, including a café for drivers to pass time in while their vehicle charges.

Read more: Current News

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