Finding a fast electric vehicle charging point in and around Gatwick airport is now possible following the opening of an ultra-fast charging facility hub known as Q-Park Gatwick. The hub, operated by bp pulse, is the first and only available in and around Gatwick airport.
Q-Park Gatwick, also known as Purple Parking, is one of Gatwick Airport’s largest offsite car parks with space for over 3000 vehicles. The meet and greet car park allows customers to drop off vehicles in a safe and secure facility and then receive a complimentary shuttle bus to the airport.
The charging hub includes three ultra-fast 150kW charging units that charge an EV to 80% capacity in as little as 10-15 minutes providing a range of around 100 miles. Using new hardware, these units will be upgraded to 300kW giving compatible EV vehicles an even faster charge. The site also includes four 50kW chargers, providing convenient charging for airport users, taxi drivers, local businesses with electric vehicle fleets, and local residents. Enabled by UK Power Networks, the seven chargers allow 10 electric vehicles to charge simultaneously.
Adam Bidder, managing director of Q-Park UK, said: “We are delighted to work with bp pulse on this project to deliver ultra-fast charging and support the electrification of our roads. Q-Park is focussing heavily on our sustainable urban mobility strategy and the bp pulse charging hubs such as this is a vital ingredient.”
Akira Kirton, CEO of bp pulse, said, “We want to bring convenient, fast charging where it is needed most. The opening of this latest hub at the UK’s second busiest airport is another important step in our rollout of ultra-fast charging. Towards the end of last year, we installed some of the first ultra-fast chargers on major UK motorways, and now we’re starting 2022 with another industry first.”