Osprey Charging has installed three high-powered EV chargers at the Loddon Vale Shopping Centre near Reading, supporting local residents, businesses and visitors.
The 75kW rapid charge points are compatible with every EV on the market today and can typically add 100 miles of range in 35 minutes, depending on the model of the vehicle and its battery.
Being next to a shopping centre the chargers are an ideal place to charge an EV whilst visiting the local stores.
The chargers are designed with simple payment for drivers, accepting contactless bank cards, Apple/Google Pay, the Osprey App and RFID card payments as well as payments through all major third-party payment methods including fleet cards.
Osprey has funded this installation and will oversee maintenance of the chargers which are all supplied with renewable energy.
Also, LCP, the landlord for the site, benefits from a future-proofed car park and being able to attract more EV drivers as customers.
Osprey charging locations are consistently scored highly for safety and accessibility by independent inspection body ChargeSafe, and Osprey is in the Top three UK Chargepoint Network Operators for both personal safety and accessibility.
Ian Johnston, CEO of Osprey Charging, said: “The electric transition is well underway and we’re here to provide a reliable and rapid public charging service for drivers, from Cornwall to the Scottish Highlands.
“Each of our new locations is carefully designed to maximise space, accessibility and availability of chargers, working to the latest and highest standards.
“This new charging site at the Loddon Vale Shopping Centre in Woodley is a vital part of the re-charging network that will enable the decarbonisation of transport in the UK.”
We have to get away from thinking that 75kw is rapid. charging 100miles in 35 minutes is still FAR TOO LONG. Remember that filling your car up with fuel which is normally going to give you 350 miles of range, takes 5 minutes. We have the technology to deploy 120kw -350kw – and that is what we should be considering rapid. We need to upgrade the grid infrastructure if we want to convert drivers to EVs.