The M25’s first “super hub” for charging electric vehicles (EVs) has opened in Essex, located on the eastern side of the M25 between junctions 30 and 31.

Constructed by sustainable energy company Gridserve, the site features 12 EV charging points, which can provide up to 350kW of power each, all powered by 100 per cent net zero carbon from the company’s hybrid solar and battery farms.

This could add the 117 miles of range to the latest electric vehicles required to drive around London’s Orbital Motorway in less than 15 minutes of charging time.

A spokesman for Gridserve said: “Gridserve and its partners at Moto are committed to levelling up EV charging infrastructure across the UK, ensuring that drivers in every part of the country have access to dependable, affordable and super-fast EV charging – whether local to their home or on the motorway network to support long-distance journeys.

“The deployment of the Thurrock Electric Super Hub is the latest demonstration of this commitment, representing part of a multi-million-pound investment into expanding the Gridserve Electric Highway – a nationwide EV charging network that was acquired by the sustainable energy company 11 months ago.”

In the last five weeks Gridserve has worked with Moto to bring EV charging points to four locations; Burton-in-Kendal, Exeter, Swansea and now Thurrock. It has also opened a second electric forecourt in Norwich.

Toddington Harper, CEO of Gridserve, said: “We are committed to building a UK-wide charging network at a speed that will help give EV drivers the confidence they need to undertake any journey, irrespective of what electric vehicle they drive, and charge quickly, reliably and affordably.

“This is what is necessary to move the needle on climate change. Thurrock is further proof that we’re building on our partnership with Moto and we’ll continue to deliver more High Power Electric Super Hubs throughout the year. The level of passion on display and the pace of development within Gridserve never ceases to amaze me.”

Moto chief executive, Ken McMeikan, said: “At Moto, we are absolutely passionate about transforming the electric vehicle charging experience for drivers across the UK’s motorways. We are delighted with the progress that our partnership with Gridserve is making towards delivering a future of more sustainable motoring.

“As a business, Moto is currently on track to deliver above and beyond Government-set targets of six rapid chargers at each motorway service area by 2023. We have seen exceptional usage at our first ultra-rapid hub at Rugby which opened last year and been thrilled with the hugely positive response from our EV driving customers.”

Image source: Moto

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