National Highways to invest £11m in energy storage for rapid motorway EV charging

Around 20 energy storage systems (ESSs) are to be deployed at service stations where the grid supply isn’t enough for rapid charging infrastructure, the government has said.

National Highways is to make an £11 million investment into ESSs, with the intention of alleviating range anxiety through the provision of more rapid chargers.


An extra stop at Sedgemoor (Image: T. Larkum)

Motorway Charging (Image: T. Larkum)

The ESSs will store energy in quiet periods, and then provide rapid high-power charging at busy times until the motorway services can obtain increased power directly from the grid for rapid charging themselves.

National Highways is currently discussing the move with prospective suppliers, and plans to install the energy storage systems within the next two years.

“Whilst we have limited control over the number of petrol and diesel cars on the network, by supporting the expansion of the rapid charge points network, we hope to increase EV drivers’ confidence for all types of journeys, both long and short,” Malcolm Wilkinson, head of energy for National Highways, said.

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