It’s been dubbed the Electric Forecourt by its maker, GRIDSERVE. What it resembles most is the convenience stores and gas stations we’re accustomed to visiting around the world, save for one thing — there are no gas pumps. On December 5, the first location of more than 100 in planning around the UK opened to customers in Braintree, Essex.
The station hosts 36 high-speed EV chargers, along with a coffee shop, WHSmith Travel retail, and convenience items like you’d see in an everyday gas station. At its most efficient, the station delivers 350 kWh (kilowatt-hours) of power, enough to provide up to 200 miles of range in about 20 minutes — the perfect amount of time to sip a cup of joe from the onsite cafe. An average EV can charge up to 80 percent for about $13.25, making it more affordable than a tank of gas.
“Today’s announcement represents a major milestone in achieving GRIDSERVE’s purpose to deliver sustainable energy and move the needle on climate change,” said GRIDSERVE CEO Toddington Harper in a press release. “It’s our collective responsibility to prevent greenhouse gas emissions rising further, and electric vehicles powered by clean energy represent a large part