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Osprey Charging announces £75m investment in 150 EV charging hubs

Kempower charging hubOsprey Charging has announced £75 million investment to install more than 150 high-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging hubs across the UK by 2025.

1,500 150-175kW rapid chargers will be installed across the sites, which will be located on strategic A-roads and adjacent to motorways.

The investment will also see new charger optimisation technology deployed - Kempower - which enables locations to host multiple rapid chargers on a single site without compromising on charging power or requiring prohibitively expensive grid connections, according to Osprey.

Ian Johnston, chief executive officer at Osprey Charging, said: “It’s crucial that public charging infrastructure stays ahead of the curve.

“Through this roll out we will make charging anxiety a thing of the past. High-powered, multi-charger hubs will herald a new era of public EV charging – enabling mass EV adoption and a clean transport revolution.

“Our roll out of hubs across the country’s major transport routes will ensure drivers are supported with convenient, reliable, on-the-go charging, delivering the best possible consumer experience for UK motorists.”

Each rapid charger can add 100 miles of range in as little as 10 minutes, Osprey said, and each hub will be located near food and drink amenities.

Construction is underway at four sites and Osprey’s first hub will open next month in Wolverhampton, adjacent to the A463 near the M6.

Osprey said construction will commence on the first 10 hubs before the end of the year.

Transport for London (TfL) recently opened a new rapid charging hub at Glass Yard in Woolwich, with eight charging points that can charge cars in 20-30 minutes. 

New EV charging technology

Osprey’s hubs will deploy a new technology – Kempower – which enables more locations to host multiple high-powered chargers on a single site, it said.

Kempower chargers work together to optimise charging across multiple vehicles when more than one EV is plugged in at the same charging hub.

They allow power to be distributed based on demand, which varies between individual vehicles due to the maximum charging rate of each model and its battery percentage at the point of charge.

Osprey said the power management can reduce waiting times for charging, maximising the speed and availability of chargers for drivers, and increasing consumer footfall for the landowners hosting the hubs.

The load-balancing technology also means grid connections can be optimised, allowing multiple high-power chargers to be installed per site and offering higher charging speeds without the need for more grid power. 

The physical footprint of each charger is also reduced by 74%, allowing space for more chargers, improved accessibility and reducing their visual impact to support planning permission, it said. 

Graeme Cooper, head of future markets at National Grid, said: “The widespread transition to EVs means we need to rethink how we make, move and use energy.

“The power demand for charging will be significant, so it’s crucial that we use the cleanest and cheapest power in our cars and to make the most of each grid connection.

“By optimising power management at charging facilities, we can ensure a smooth transition away from petrol and diesel whilst maintaining a stable and effective electricity grid.”

Construction is starting on the first 10 hubs at the following locations in 2021: Banbury, M40; Suffolk, A14; Essex, A127; Glasgow, M8; East Lothian, A1; Wolverhampton, A4123; Birmingham, M6; Croydon, London, A23; Crewe, A534; and Brackley, A43.

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