UK’s first electric car charging forecourt to open

First of 100 planned electric forecourts will open in November, offering 30 electric car chargers, plus shops, cafes and relaxation areas…

A new electric forecourt in Braintree, Essex aims to bring added convenience to electric car owners and make electric vehicle (EV) charging as simple and stress-free as using petrol stations.

Instead of the rows of petrol and diesel pumps you get in a conventional service area, the electric forecourt has 30 EV chargers, including six Tesla Superchargers. Twelve of the other chargers are capable of operating at up to 350kW so they can add 200 miles of range to a car in as little as 20 minutes.

If drivers need assistance with charging or technical information about their vehicle, there is a phone next to every charger that can be used to call a dedicated helpline manned by EV experts from the AA.

Charging Station in Sunderland (Image: Fastned)

Charging Station in Sunderland (Image: Fastned)

While drivers are waiting for their cars to charge, they can relax and shop in the two-storey building on site. On the ground floor there will be a number of shops and cafes, and on the first floor there’s an airport style lounge, business meeting room pods and a wellbeing area. The facility has free superfast wi-fi.

There is also an education centre attached to the main building where people can find out more about electric vehicles and buy or lease one.

Toddington Harper, Founder and CEO of Gridserve, which is behind the project, said: “Our UK-wide network of electric forecourts will eliminate range and charging anxiety, and represent so much more than the electric equivalent of modern petrol stations.

“We will deliver a fully loaded customer experience, offering the best of British retail and customer service to cater for a full range of consumer and driver needs.”

Read more: whatcar

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