ABB is supplying the charging infrastructure for the UK’s first dedicated electric forecourt alongside systems from Tesla.
The 24 of the high power chargers at the Electric Forecourt at Braintree, Essex, are supplied by ABB, with 12 able to provide up to 350kW. There are also six Tesla Superchargers specifically for Tesla vehicles, which is a format that the operator Gridserve plans to replicate or enlarge with Tesla at the 100 other sites the company is planning as part of a £1bn (€1.1bn) project.
“This Electric Forecourt is a step-change for e-mobility and our cutting-edge charging infrastructure will deliver unrivalled charging speeds, enabling people to charge any type of electric vehicle with ease and as fast as the vehicle will allow,” said Frank Muehlon, Head of ABB's Global E-Mobility Infrastructure Solutions.
The system is backed by a 6MWh battery to provide power overnight. The electric forecourt includes meeting rooms to provide alternative facilitis while vehicles are charging.
The power for the forecourt will come from renewable sources. Gridserve recently bought the Clayhill Solar Farm in Bedfordshire to guarantee that all of the energy used at the forecourt comes from net zero-carbon solar power. It has recently completed a 34.7MWp solar project at York with bifacial panels, single axis sun trackers, and a 30MWh battery, and is completing a 25.7MWp project at Hull using similar technologies.
“It’s our collective responsibility to deliver sustainable energy and move the needle on climate change. By delivering a series of hybrid solar farms in tandem with our Electric Forecourt® rollout, we can ensure that every kWh of energy used to charge EVs is matched from 100% renewable, zero carbon energy sources, enabling us to start delivering net zero carbon transport in 2020, well ahead of the UK’s 2050 net zero target,” said Toddington Harper, CEO and founder of Gridserve.
Gridserve has also launched an electric vehicle leasing