New fast charging hub opens in Kettering

A new ultra-fast and rapid charging hub has been opened in Kettering by charging operator bp pulse.

The facility, built by The EV Network and operated by bp pulse, includes an installed capacity of 3MW and features ten 300kW chargers.

The hub has the potential to charge up to 20 cars simultaneously at 150kWh, providing each car to gain around 100 miles of energy in 15 minutes of charging, depending on vehicle type, the company claims.

The hub is now operational at the intersection of the A14 and A43 near Kettering in North Northamptonshire. It follows the installation of other hubs by bp pulse in Park Lane, London, and at Gatwick Airport. Another site is currently under construction in the West Midlands, which will contain 16 ultra-fast 300kW chargers capable of charging 32 EVs when completed. The firm intends to continue the roll-out of such hubs up to 2030 with up to £1 billion for EV charging infrastructure invested by the firm. To date, the firm has 22,000 EV charge points globally with more than 100,000 by 2030—around 90% rapid or ultra-fast.

Akira Kirton, vice president, bp pulse UK, said: “Customers say power is more important than the number of charging points. That’s why we’re focussing on expanding our ultra-fast charging infrastructure, using the latest technology to ensure reliability, and designed to keep up with the charging speeds of vehicle batteries as they advance.”

“At bp pulse we believe the EV charging network the UK needs will be delivered through EV charging in the right location, at the right time, and at the right speed.”

Reza Shaybnai, Co-Founder and Chief Executive of The EV Network, said: “This has been a great project developed and built by The EV Network for bp pulse. We are working together on other exciting projects which will go live over the next few months. This project is in a key geographic location and provides access to well lit, ultra-fast charging. Bringing large sites like this to the public is of paramount importance to us, to be able to shift the UK driver’s confidence in EV charging reliability and availability.”

Image courtesy of bp pulse

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