GRIDSERVE was uploaded to YouTube on July 1 and revealed plans to develop a massive Â£ 100million electric vehicle charging infrastructure project. The project, named GRIDSERVE Electric Highway, will have a network of more than 50 electrical hubs. The hubs will have 300 fast chargers at over 150 locations. Ten of these hubs are expected to be delivered this year.
Prior to the live presentation on YouTube, GRIDSERVE ad its news online. The company’s overall mission is to create a UK-wide network that people can rely on, without autonomy or load anxiety, no matter where they live in the UK and whatever the type of electric vehicle they drive. (See our previous GRIDSERVE article and podcast here: âWicked Awesome ‘Electric Forecourts’ & Net-Zero EV Leasing Now Offered In UK.â)
The video was presented by Robert Llewellyn and GRIDSERVE CEO Toddington Harper. Before diving into the presentation, Llwellyn shared a bit of history.
âAnyone who drives an electric car in the UK will know what used to be called the electric highway developed by Ecotricity. It was a very courageous first step. They were the first to walk out of the gate in many ways. They have set up a charging network across the country.
He explained that in the long term, Ecotricity did not really have the capacity to maintain the electric highway to the extent necessary. However, Ecotricity has laid the foundations on which GRIDSERVE can build. Harper then went on to explain how GRIDSERVE was going to do just that.
âThe electric highway was the first charging network that Dale Vince and Simon Crowfoot and others put in place many years ago. When I bought my first electric car in 2014, it was the one that made it possible.
GRIDSERVE announced a few days ago that it was taking over the electric highway. The company ad that he bought the remaining stake in the electric highway about three months after he bought a 25% stake in the company.
During the first part of the presentation, Harper explained how important it is to be able to charge his car and how the electric highway will get him out of trouble. He also stressed that he had the highest regard for Ecotricity’s beginnings and how exciting it was to be part of the company taking over the highway.
Harper also explained why they were having a fireside chat, as he called the 56-minute presentation. The presentation was designed to accompany the Press release.
The press release states that the electric highway is officially renamed the GRIDSERVE electric highway and that in addition to the more than 50 high-power electric concentrators with 6 to 12 chargers of 350 kW each, 300 fast chargers will be installed in 85% of the stations. UK motorway service. . There will be 100 GRIDSERVE electric forecourts under development.
The company noted that within 6 weeks of acquiring the electric highway, it had already installed new 60kW + chargers in over 50 locations and was going at the rate of around 2 new charging locations each day. It plans to replace the entire network of 300 old Ecotricity terminals by September and allow each type of EV to recharge with contactless payment options.
The company noted that its first highway electric hub is a bank of 12 high-powered GRIDSERVE 350 kW electric highway chargers alongside 12 Tesla superchargers that opened to the public in April at Ruby Services. It is the UK’s largest high-power motorway recharging site and is the model for the company’s future sites.
GRIDSERVE also rents electric vehicles
GRIDSERVE announced that in partnership with Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC, it offers GRIDSERVE Electric Vehicle Solutions. It is the UK’s first zero-carbon electric vehicle rental company, and invoicing can be included in monthly rental payments. This allows drivers who rent an electric vehicle through GRIDSERVE to charge their vehicles along the new GRIDSERVE electric highway without paying additional charging fees.
GRIDSERVE plant trees
The company said it is working with a tree planting organization and will plant 100 trees for every EV rented through its service. So far, GRIDSERVE has helped plant 10,000 trees since it launched its electric vehicle rental business in December.
GRIDSERVE also noted that it has a new investor backing its ambitions, The Rise Fund, which works with growing, high potential, mission-driven companies that have the power to change the world and help achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. .
Edward Beckley, Partner at TPG and Senior Member of The Rise Fund’s Climate Investment Team shared his excitement about partnering with GRIDSERVE.
âWe are delighted to partner with GRIDSERVE to help make EV charging in the UK a fast and anxiety-free experience. We see this as essential to enable the rapid decarbonization of road transport, especially for long distance journeys.
âCarbon-free transport companies, like GRIDSERVE, are a central pillar of The Rise Fund’s climate investment strategy. “
Harper also shared his thoughts in the press release.
âI was named after Toddington Services, built almost 60 years ago. During this time, vehicle technology has gradually improved, but still remains noisy, polluting and, ultimately, detrimental to a stable climate. Today, a few years from now, we will witness one of the fastest and deepest revolutions in transportation history. I’m proud to be here today to launch the GRIDSERVE Electric Highway charging network which will help deliver this exciting future – given my name, maybe this is a job I was meant to do! “
âGRIDSERVE’s goal is to deliver sustainable energy and advance climate change, and the GRIDSERVE Electric Highway – a network of easy-to-use, reliable, fast and high-power chargers across the UK – does just that. , eliminating the burden of anxiety and making electric driving a pleasant, ultra-convenient and stress-free experience. We are working at a phenomenal rate to deploy state-of-the-art charging infrastructure and will continue to move heaven and earth to install new chargers en masse in as many places as possible and as quickly as possible.
Rachel Maclean, Minister of Transport, also shared her joy.
âAs we accelerate towards cleaner, greener transportation, I am delighted to see GRIDSERVE leading the charge in the electric vehicle charging revolution. The UK government has already planned to invest Â£ 1.3bn in accelerating the roll-out of charging infrastructure, targeting support for fast charging stations on motorways and main roads to erase any related anxiety. long journeys. Add to that forward-thinking projects like the GRIDSERVE electric highway, and there has never been a better time to go electric.