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Moto reaches ultra rapid charge point milestone

Gridserve EV charging hub

Moto has expanded its ultra-rapid charge point network to more than 200 points.

It follows the installation of 12 chargers in Reading which means the motorway services operator now has a total of 211 ultra-rapid chargers nationwide.

Gridserve has provided the new devices at Moto Reading Westbound, on the M4, with capacity to expand when future demand requires. The 350kW-capable chargers can deliver up to 100 miles of range in less than 10 minutes.

Moto chief executive Ken McMeikan said: “When we opened our first ultra-rapid EV Charging Hub at Moto Rugby, we knew it represented a major turning point in the feasibility of EV vehicle ownership – signalling the arrival of more accessible, more reliable and quicker on-the-go charging options. Now, just 18 months later, having over 200 such charge points across our network is a vast achievement. Together, with our partners, we have overcome significant planning, legal and infrastructure barriers to deliver a better charging experience for EV owners, as well as make the prospect of EV ownership more attractive.

“Work doesn’t stop here however. UK demand for EVs continues to grow and already accounts for almost a fifth of all new car sales*. Our network wide roll-out continues at pace to meet that demand and work towards our ambition to install more than 1,600 ultra-rapid chargers by 2030.”

Moto Reading, Woolley Edge and Hilton Park now have ultra-rapid charging facilities on either side of the M4, becoming Moto’s first twin Motorway Service Areas with an EV offering. Moto, Gridserve and Tesla are scheduled to invest and open even more Superhubs as the year progresses.

Toddington Harper, CEO of Gridserve, said: “Gridserve is committed to delivering a charging network that is simple to use, reliable and provides a great customer experience.

“We are proud of the Super Hubs delivered in our partnership with Moto and we are committed to growing our UK-wide network of chargers alongside the growth of electric vehicles so that drivers have confidence to make the switch to electric, both today and as the number of vehicles increases in future.”

Moto predicts that one in 25 cars on the road in 2023 will be EVs, rising to one in 10 by 2025, one in three by 2030 and four in five by 2040. 330 new ultra-rapid chargers will join the Moto network by the end of 2023, 720 by 2025, 1,630 by 2030 and 2,800 by 2040.

The number of public EV charging devices has increased by 8,680, a 31% increase in the past year, accroding to figures from the Department for Transport (DfT).

The number of rapid charging or above devices increased by 34%, with an additional 1,731 public devices installed.

Proportionately, the largest increase in installations was within the ultra-rapid device category, which increased by 10% in the past quarter (albeit from a lower base than other categories), accounting for 211 charging devices.

Ultra-rapid charging devices are still the smallest overall category with just 2,295 devices.

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