GRIDSERVE and Roadchef announce latest hub

GRIDSERVE and Roadchef have announced the latest Electric Super Hub at Chester services, which is located at junction 14 on the M56 motorway.

The two firms recently announced plans to expand their electric vehicle (EV) charging facilities at Roadchef Motorway Service Areas in the UK, following the first two hubs at Watford Gap North and South (M1) in September.  

It also follows Roadchef’s first Super 8 roadside hotel, with the need for EV charging options illustrated with 12 high power chargers and six AC chargers onsite for customers to use overnight.

Other locations will soon include the hubs, which consist of a minimum of six 350kW-capable chargers, including at Bothwell (M74), Annandale Water (A74(M)) and Sandbach (M6).

All GRIDSERVE Electric Super Hubs feature both CCS and CHAdeMO connectors, accept contactless payment and provide real-time status updates to a myriad of popular EV charging maps. 

The chargers are powered by 100% net zero carbon energy from the company’s hybrid solar and battery farms. Roadchef currently has over 40 GRIDSERVE Medium Power chargers and 24 standalone AC chargers across 29 sites. Further EV charging expansion will be announced as plans accelerate into 2024.   

Toddington Harper, CEO of GRIDSERVE, said: “We are thrilled to open another Electric Super Hub with Roadchef. This is a great example of the right chargers in the right place.

“We have installed the High Power chargers for those needing a quick top up so drivers can get make on their journeys quicker. While AC chargers provide easy charging for those drivers who can charge overnight while they rest. We look forward to continuing our work with Roadchef to provide a reliable, quick, widespread charging network together.” 

Paul Comer, Director of EV implementation at Roadchef, said: “With the recent success of launching our first Electric Super Hubs at Watford Gap North and South, we’re excited to continue our Super Hub EV journey at Chester.

“As more EVs take to the road, it’s essential for our facilities to be expanded and upgraded to meet this demand, especially for our customers who stay at our new Super 8 hotel and are looking for overnight charging options. The roll out of our Electric Super Hubs with GRIDSERVE is a step in the right direction to achieve our goal to support Britain’s journey to be safer and greener.” 

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