SSE Energy Solutions has signed a partnership agreement to bring its EV charging hub programme to 20 retail parks across the UK over the next two years.
The deal aims to deliver new EV sites with up to 12 bays each at 20 of Oxford Properties’ retail warehousing parks across the UK, which will be asset managed and operated by M7 Real Estate.
The first hub is set to launch in Castlebank, Glasgow and most bays will have ultra-rapid charging capabilities of up to 150 kW.
These allow drivers to resume their journey within 20 to 40 minutes of plugging in – a significant time saving compared to the widely used 50kW charger, which takes about two hours to charge a 90kWh car battery.
SSE Energy Solutions has announced plans to build 300 EV charging bays at retail parks by 2027, powered by traceable, renewable energy.
Kevin Welstead, EV Sector Director at SSE Energy Solutions said, “It is vital that we face the EV infrastructure challenge head on if we are to meet our ambitious decarbonisation targets.
“We must ensure that drivers are able to access EV charging points easily and conveniently. Retail locations provide a perfect solution; people can simply plug in their vehicle while they shop and return to a fully charged car thanks to our ultra-rapid facilities.
“M7 and Oxford share our social values and determination to beat climate change. Their forward-thinking partnership with us is exactly the kind of collaborative approach we need landowners across the UK to consider.”