UK’s largest high-power motorway EV charging site opens


The Electric Highway has opened the UK’s largest high-powered electric vehicle charging station on the UK motorway network, at Moto’s new Rugby Services.

The development features 24 chargers with up to 350kW of power and is part of a multimillion investment programme to deliver EV charging to motorway services across the UK. It is the first high power Electric Highway installation under the network’s new partnership with GRIDSERVE, which saw the company take a 25% stake in the Highway.

The Electric Highway has delivered 12 of the 24 high power chargers at Rugby and has plans to rollout high power chargers on every Moto site. This would see the installation of 350kW capable chargers which are able to supply up to 200 miles of range in ten minutes, and accept contactless payment.

Toddington Harper, CEO of GRIDSERVE, said: “GRIDSERVE’s purpose is to deliver sustainable energy and move the needle on climate change, and the rollout of high power chargers across Britain’s motorways in partnership with Moto will do just that – providing drivers with the confidence to go electric today.

“To see what the future of electric vehicle charging on the UK motorway network looks like, you can now visit Moto’s new Motorway Service Area at Rugby. After announcing our Electric Highway partnership with Ecotricity in March, and supported by Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC, we’ve been hard at work putting in the charging infrastructure needed to give people the confidence to make the transition to electric vehicles, by delivering 6-12 high power 350kW chargers across the Moto network as quickly as possible, as well as replacing all the existing chargers with the latest technology.”

Dale Vince, Founder of the Electric Highway, added: “We began building the Electric Highway ten years ago and Moto were one of our founding partners. Back then, state-of-the-art charging was just 7kW and here we are today at 350kW in just a decade. This is our very first high-powered installation, and this new technology comes just at a tipping point in the adoption of electric vehicles.

“This marks the beginning of our new partnership with GRIDSERVE, and kickstarts a comprehensive programme where these installations will become ubiquitous on the motorway network, helping to make the experience of using an electric car no different to using a fossil-powered one.”

28 Moto sites are set to have ultra-rapid chargers by the end of this year. The aim is to have all Moto services with at least six ultra-rapid chargers by 2023, as part of a substantial long-term investment programme, and also includes an upgrade to all existing 50kW chargers by the summer 2021 to support greater charging flexibility and additional power ahead of increased ‘staycation’ traffic.

Following the blueprint of the new Rugby site, Moto, together with GRIDSERVE and Ecotricity, are is planning a further 24 high power charger locations at Reading, Thurrock, and Exeter by the end of 2021.

Ken McMeikan, Chief Executive of Moto, added: “Moto is committed to sustainable motoring and we want to play a key part in encouraging more people to have the confidence to switch into electric vehicles. Rugby Services is the most significant first step in achieving this and we’re proud to be launching the UK’s largest EV charging site.

“Our vision is to transform the UK’s rest stop experience and we think motorists will be delighted with the new Moto site at Rugby, particularly as they begin travelling again following easing of COVID-19 restrictions to see family, friends and loved ones.”