Tech-enabled sustainable energy business Gridserve has opened an electric super hub at Solstice Park, Wiltshire.
Located within a RO Group development at Solstice Park, with a new Greggs and Taco Bell drive-through, the power hub houses eight 350 kW chargers, catering to travellers on the A303, near the historic site of Stonehenge.
The chargers are powered by 100% net zero energy from Gridserve’s hybrid solar plus battery farms and capable of adding 100 miles in as little as five minutes, the company said. Like all Gridserve locations, including the upgraded Electric Highway, contactless payment is accepted. The chargers feature both CCS and CHAdeMO connectors as well as a larger bay to help with accessibility. Drivers can also plan their journeys easily with real-time status updates to all popular EV charging maps, it said.
“Every new charging location makes a positive impact on moving the needle on climate change, enabling more electric journeys and giving those drivers yet to make the switch, the confidence to move to an electric vehicle,” said Toddington Harper, CEO of Gridserve.
The company opened one electric super hub in 2021 and 11 in 2022. It plans to continue opening more hubs in 2023.
“This green initiative from Gridserve fits in well alongside our wider stable of environmentally focused assets,” said Edward Rowlandson, Group Managing Director, the RO. “Through our investment arm, ROCP, we have made several investments in businesses focused on saving both energy and water and are looking for more as we pursue a more sustainable agenda for our business.”
In 2022, Gridserve installed over 100 high powered chargers across 11 electric super hubs and the second electric forecourt opened in Norwich. This growth is set to continue into this year, with the first electric forecourt to be at an international airport to open at London Gatwick, the company said. Gridserve will also continue to strengthen Gridserve Electric Highway across the UK’s major road network with plans for many more super hubs, it added.