Motor Fuel Group plans to invest £400m installing 2,800 ultra-rapid 150kW and 350kW EV chargers at 500 strategic locations across its UK network by the end of 2030.
The company, which is the largest independent forecourt operator in the UK with more than 900 stations operating under the BP, Shell, Esso, Texaco, JET and Murco fuel brands, has already installed EV charge points at 108 of its sites through third parties.
However, MFG says alongside this existing network, it will self-fund, build, and operate its own EV charging hubs, to become a national charge point operator.
These hubs will consist of between four and eight ultra-rapid 150kW EV chargers per site, augmented with 350kW chargers.
In 2021, MFG will build EV charging hubs at an extra 40 sites, offering more than 200 ultra-rapid 150kW EV chargers, with an initial focus on major trunk roads and urban areas.
From 2022 onwards, MFG intends building at least 50 additional EV charging hubs per year, a significant number of these being on the strategic road network.
Over the coming decades, MFG will operate a dual fuel strategy, continuing to provide existing fossil fuel infrastructure while rolling out EV charging hubs.
It also plans to upgrade its nationwide network of forecourt retail sites that house shops such as Londis, Budgens, Greggs, Subway and Costa.
William Bannister, CEO at MFG, said, “Our planned £400m investment in this vital infrastructure will help keep UK motorists on the move, and our essential retail will support local communities and the economy.
“I am looking forward to engaging with the government to ensure this investment best meets the national EV infrastructure requirement to help us all make a contribution to ensuring Britain meets its net zero target by 2050.”