‘State-of-the-art’ electric vehicle charging forecourt opens in Norwich

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A new state-of-the-art electric vehicle charging forecourt has opened in Norwich, UK that doubles the number of high-power chargers in the region – all supplied by 100% renewable energy.

The advanced EV charging facility from Gridserve has 36 EV chargers includes 22 high-power chargers with up to 350kW of power – the fastest chargers commercially available today, capable of adding up to 100 miles of range in only five minutes. There are also eight Tesla Superchargers and six low power AC chargers to cater for every type of EV. The Norwich site forms part of Gridserve’s £1bn UK-wide investment being rolled out into its charging infrastructure network.

The Norwich Electric Forecourt more than doubles the number of high-powered chargers in the region. Norwich and the wider East of England region currently have comparatively low EV charger coverage compared to other regions in the UK – hosting just 29 chargers per 100,000 people compared to the UK average of 42 per 100,000 people, or 102 per 100,000 people in London.

Toddington Harper, CEO of Gridserve, said: “This decade is crucial for climate action and it’s vital that we deliver the solutions that will move the needle on climate change. The widespread transition to electric vehicles, powered by sustainable energy, is a key part of what’s needed. Giving drivers the confidence to switch to an electric vehicle and enabling a widespread transition away from fossil fuel vehicles is a central aim of our Electric Forecourts. That’s why we have put the consumer at the heart of our design, with our Electric Forecourts serving the needs of local communities in their transition to electric vehicles. Norwich Electric Forecourt showcases a brand new design, where we have been able to provide both charging and a great customer experience in a smaller footprint than our first site at Braintree. By elevating the facilities above the chargers, we make the best use of the space available and are able to deliver a great EV experience without compromise, even when space is at a premium and sites are more constrained.”

Several additional Electric Forecourts also have planning permission including Uckfield, Gateshead, Plymouth and Stevenage with more than 30 additional sites also under development as part of the company’s commitment to deliver over 100 Electric Forecourts.

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