Ecotricity, one of the leading renewable energy firms in the UK, has announced an upgrade to the Electric Highway. In partnership with GRIDSERVE, Ecotricity will upgrade the electric vehicle charging facilities along motorways and major roads in the UK to adapt to the latest advances in electric vehicle charging.
The Electric Highway was one of the first nationwide charging networks anywhere in Europe having been launched in 2011. To keep up with the advancements, and to prepare for the phasing out of petrol and diesel car sales in 2030, Ecotricity is replacing existing charges with new technology that will double capacity. CCS, CHAdeMO, and AC charging types will be supported and customers will be able to make contactless payments. Additionally, a further 6 to 12 of the newer 350kW high power pumps will be installed.
Commenting on the upgrade, Ecotricity founder Dale Vince said:
“I’m a fan of GRIDSERVE’s Electric Forecourt concept, their vision and passion in this space. To be able to work together to make sure the Electric Highway continues to lead the electric car revolution in Britain is an exciting prospect.
The Electric Highway kickstarted Britain’s electric car revolution – one decade ago this summer, and together with GRIDSERVE we have big plans for the second decade – and the end of fossil powered cars.”
Under the new agreement, GRIDSERVE has gained a 25% stake in the Electric Highway. It will use its expertise and technology to improve the network and it’ll provide 24/7 support. Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC, a shareholder in GRIDSERVE is providing funding for the upgrade.