Hull to get one of UK's first new electric charging forecourts

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 1 Apr 2019

Hull is to be one of the first places in the country to get a new designated electric car charging forecourt.

Gridserve, which is also planning to build a major new solar farm in Holderness, said the new forecourt will be able to charge an electric vehicle in less than 30 minutes.

Buses, lorries and taxis will also be able to use the green ‘fuel’ station, which could include a coffee shop and supermarket.

An exact location for the electric forecourt has not yet been revealed, but Hull will become one of the first places in the UK to get one.

Toddington Harper, CEO and founder of Gridserve, said: “We plan to make charging electric vehicles as easy as using petrol stations.

What the electric charging forecourt in Hull could look like (Gridserve)

“The latest generation of electric vehicles are awesome, and ready for mainstream adoption, but drivers still worry about if or where they can charge, how long it will take, and what it will cost.

“We plan to eliminate any range or charging anxiety by building a UK-wide network of customer-focussed, brand new Electric Forecourts® that will make it easier and cheaper to use an electric vehicle than a petrol or diesel alternative.”

Gridserve has also said customers will be able to benefit from an “airport-style lounge” with high-speed internet while they wait for the electric car to charge.

It comes as part of a £1bn investment from Gridserve across the country.

What the electric charging forecourt in Hull could look like (Gridserve)

A total of 100 electric forecourts will be built, offering ultra-fast, low-cost charging.

“Within five years we plan to have more than 100 Electric Forecourts® in use, with each supported by solar energy and battery storage,” Mr Harper said.

Read more: Huge solar farm on edge of Hull would save millions of pounds in bills

“This infrastructure will accelerate the electric vehicle revolution, serve the grid, and help the UK meet climate and clean air targets.

“We are partnering with operators of fleet vehicles, developers, financiers of vehicles and infrastructure, EV manufacturers, retailers, local authorities, and others who share our vision.”

Watch: Hull councillor on plans for new electric car charging points in city

Construction of the Hull forecourt is expected to begin later this year.

Gridserve is also developing an app to support the driver experience at each Electric Forecourt.

It will help people to plan journeys better, reserve charging slots, and pay for on-site services such as car washing.

The app will also play a central role in loyalty and referral schemes that will reward people with Road Miles™ for using onsite services provided by Gridserve and its partners.

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