Gridserve plans electric forecourt in Braintree
Gridserve has submitted a planning application to build an Electric Forecourt® in Braintree, which will make charging an electric vehicle (EV) as easy as using petrol stations.
Planned for Great Notley, Braintree Electric Forecourt® will offer the world’s fastest charging rates, charging a typical EV in less than 30-minutes. The location of the forecourt will offer direct access to major link roads, while also capturing both regional and last mile travel for homes and businesses.
The planning application has been lodged with Braintree District Council by Gridserve. The application includes 24 ultra-fast charging bays, a coffee shop, convenience supermarket, and an airport-style lounge with high-speed internet, which will also serve as an education centre and hub to explore a broad range of EV solutions. The site will have dedicated zones for both private and fleet vehicles, such as taxis, buses, delivery vehicles and heavy goods vehicles.
Cllr John McKee, Cabinet Member for Corporate Transformation at Braintree District Council, said: “We’re delighted that Gridserve is looking at a site next to Horizon 120 to locate their very first ‘Electric Forecourt®’ which will not only serve the businesses relocating to our park, but also all the residents in our district thinking about switching to green energy.
"This eco-friendly facility fits in with our vision for the park - to create a forward-looking business community with emphasis on long-term sustainability and future proofing to facilitate modern ways of living and working. All these contemporary amenities set within a landscaped, quality environment will make Horizon 120 the place to work and to do business now and in the future.”
The Electric Forecourt® is designed specifically for the needs of drivers, delivering convenient, ultra-fast and low-cost charging for every electric vehicle on the market.
In the coming months, Gridserve is expected to submit planning applications for several additional Electric Forecourt® sites, in particular in York and Hull, adjacent to two of the UK’s most advanced solar farms which are also being constructed by Gridserve.