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Rugby is home to England's most popular electric vehicle charging station

Rugby Editorial 26th Aug, 2022   0

THE MOST popular electric vehicle (EV) charging station is in Rugby.

The Gridserve Electric Super Hub at the Moto Rugby service station – off junction one of the M6 – has been named England’s most popular public charging location by EV charging app Zap-Map.

The findings, which follow one of the busiest periods on the roads this year, reflect the second quarter of 2022 and cover around 70 per cent of the UK’s public EV charging network.

Moto opened the site in April last year. It has 12 high-power charging devices, which have both CCS and CHAdeMO connectors. Accepting contactless payments and capable of charging at up to 350 kW, the chargers can add around 100 miles in 10 minutes.

Ken McMeikan, CEO at Moto Hospitality said: “It’s a real vote of confidence from motorists. Reducing range anxiety by revolutionising the EV charging experience for motorists on motorways is at the heart of our plans.

“We expect to complete super hub installation at half of our Motorway Services Areas over the coming months, and are on track to deliver above and beyond the government target of a minimum of six rapid chargers at each motorway site by 2023 – all of which makes it easier for our customers to make the switch to sustainable driving.”

Gridserve CEO Toddington Harper said: “We will continue to deliver many more locations on the Gridserve Electric Highway. This is the sort of action that is necessary to move the needle on climate change, and it’s great to see how the passion and the pace of development within Gridserve is delivering such a positive impact.”

Zap-Map Co-founder and COO Melanie Shufflebotham said: “It’s great to see so many people joining the EV community and using these ultra-rapid hubs, not only because they enable longer electric journeys, but ultimately because every EV driver on the road is helping to reduce our carbon emissions.”

According to Zap-Map data, there were more than 20,300 charging locations across the UK with almost 33,300 charging devices as of the end of July – a 35 per cent increase in the space of a year.


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