Electric charging network Gridserve has opened a new compact electric forecourt in Norwich, hosting 36 EV chargers and supplied by 100% renewable energy.

The site at Broadland Gate Business Park in Postwick, adjacent to the A47, includes 22x high-power chargers with up to 350kW of power, capable of adding up to 100 miles of range in five minutes.

There are also eight Tesla Superchargers and six low power AC chargers.

Gridserve says the site will more than double the number of high-powered chargers in the region.

Norwich and the East of England region currently have low EV charger coverage compared to other parts of 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.

The company is investing £1 billion in a UK-wide programme to build additional electric forecourts, including one due to open this autumn at Gatwick Airport.

Several additional electric forecourts also have planning permission in Uckfield, Gateshead, Plymouth and Stevenage.

Toddington Harper, CEO of Gridserve said, “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.

“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.”


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