Work starts on ‘electric petrol station’ in Essex

Work has started on an electric vehicle charging forecourt that will be able to charge 24 cars at once.

It is being built on a 2.5 acre site at Great Notley, near Braintree, Essex, by sustainable energy company Gridserve.

Proposed electric forecourt at Great Notley (Image: Gridserve)

Proposed electric forecourt at Great Notley (Image: Gridserve)

The company hopes the roadside forecourt, which will use solar power, will “solve the challenge” of where to charge electric vehicles.

Chief executive Toddington Harper said it was “updating the petrol station model for a net-zero carbon future”.

It is set to open in the summer and is due to be the first of more than 100 similar sites around the country.

Conservative MP for Braintree James Cleverly said it was part of the “charging infrastructure that we need to support [the Conservative government] policies”.

Red more: BBC

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