Franklin Energy to deliver 236-bay EV charging hub at Brent Cross


Franklin Energy is to oversee the installation of a 236-bay EV charging hub at the Brent Cross Shopping Centre car park in North London.

The chargers, supplied by EVBox and operated and maintained by Franklin Energy on the Life Network, will be installed in several phases over the next five years.

Phase One, which is due to complete later this year, will see 50 fast charging points (22kW AC) in the multi storey car park and two ultra-rapid charging points (350kW DC) in the Western overflow car park.

Electricity will be provided through Rego-backed, clean electricity contracts.

The fast chargers take 1-2 hours to fully charge a car battery, and complements the average time taken for a visit, which, prior to the pandemic, averaged 95 minutes.

In addition to benefiting existing customers visiting the centre, the facility will also provide charging points for cars passing by on the nearby M1, A41 and A406 via the North Circular, with about 80 million cars passing through Brent Cross’ interchange every year.

Hammerson and Aberdeen Standard Investments, joint owners of Brent Cross, say when completed, it will be the largest electric charging facility in the UK.

Rob Byrne, managing director of Franklin Energy, said, “We look forward to working with Hammerson and Aberdeen Standard Investments to install a new rapid and fast charging hub in anticipation of the mass adoption of EVs amongst the large customer base of Brent Cross Shopping Centre and more widely in the UK.

“It is a great initiative that reflects the forward-thinking views of Brent Cross’ major stakeholders, and we can’t wait to begin the installation process.”


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