UK To Get $2.1 Billion Rapid Charge Network


The system will provide around 100 rapid charger stations for public use at ‘competitive rates’.

The UK is set to get a new £1.6 billion rapid charging network for electric cars after the National Grid confirmed a tie-up with battery storage firm Pivot Power. This could mean up to 4,500 new individual chargers.

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The program will use massive batteries at electricity substations to give the National Grid more resource to manage the demands of increased household consumption and the popularity of electric vehicles.

By storing excess energy produced during periods of low demand, the National Grid will be able to redeploy the energy at peak times, or charge electric vehicles.

Sites near towns and major roads have been chosen to house rapid charging stations, which Pivot Power claims will offer ‘mass charging at competitive rates, supporting up to 100 rapid 150KW chargers’, and new 350 kW upgrades.

Pivot Power says this will be the world’s largest network of rapid charging stations and will address three key barriers to electric car adoption: charger availability, distance travelled on a charge and cost.

Graeme Cooper, National Grid project director for electric vehicles, said: ‘We expect the use of electric vehicles to grow rapidly. This innovative solution will help accelerate adoption by providing a network of rapid charging stations across the country enabling cars to charge quickly, efficiently and as cost-effectively as possible.

‘It will also give the system operator more choice and flexibility for managing the demands in the day to day running of the network, and also help mass EV charging.’

Pivot Power CEO Matt Allen added: ‘We want to future-proof the UK’s energy system and accelerate the electric vehicle revolution, helping the UK to clean up its air and meet climate targets. Big problems require big solutions, and we are moving fast to put in place a unique network to support a clean, affordable, secure energy system and embrace the low-carbon economy.’

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Nicely omitted the mentioning of the planned 350kW upgrades from the original press release. I wonder why.
Also, the intermittent headline gives the impression as if they are only looking into installing 100 chargers when in fact they want to install chargers at 45 sites each featuring up to 100 chargers. So the total number is going to be closer to 4000 chargers not 100.

Fixed. It was shared with us that way and published immediately. Sorry.

This is great news!
We have huge offshore wind farms here that will charge the batteries when it’s windy at night. These batteries means that more intermittent renewables can be used in the grid.
The grid, and transport get cleaner and the power companies are going to eat the oil companies lunch!

Whilst this is excellent news, if you look at their map, they are based at major substations, and there’s quite a clustering of those, its not an even spread across the UK by any means. So, they wont be putting 100 charging points in one place and then another 100, only 5 or 10 miles away. And, some of those locations will be much better placed for road access and others it wont be feasible to provide teh space.

Based on that, I’d guesstimate this will end up with maybe at best 1/3 their sites getting the 100 or so chargers, which means its more like 1,000 – 1,500 places. Still excellent news and puts the current monopoly supplier for motorway charging, Ecotricity, to shame, with their pathetic one or two chargers per site (and those are frequently not working)

Possibly it may shame the government into doing something about that monopoly, as IMHO they have abused it by not providing enough units per location, nor maintaining them properly.

I find the situation with Ecotricity very sad. The company principally has my sympathies and I support what they have done in offering renewable energy. However, the quasi monopoly deal they have on motorway charging turns the whole thing sour.

Where did you find the map, please?

This along with EV’s being as standard 200+ mile will really make a positive difference.

The next barrier then is that the government still chips in a grant so prices need to come down at least to the point where people can look at the price of an equivalent petrol car, add in petrol and servicing over it’s life and that be the price of the equivalent EV without government grants.

We could just start increasing the petrol tax each month.

No need for new tax, the price of oil will take care of gasoline prices.