…..At least another 100 all-electric charging stations to open in next 5 years
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – The UK’s first station solely for electric cars has opened, ahead of a larger rollout of green energy infrastructure over the next five years.
The site, which has 36 charging points, opened in Braintree, Essex, on Monday.
Gridserve, the company which built the forecourt, intends to open at least another 100 all-electric stations in the next five years as part of a £1 billion project.
The chargers are carbon neutral as all the energy comes from solar power, according to the start-up.
Toddington Harper, the founder and CEO of Gridserve, suggested the initiative will help “move the needle on climate change” by “updating the traditional petrol station model for a net-zero carbon world”.
James Cleverly, the cabinet minister who is MP for Braintree, praised the opening of the all-electric forecourt, claiming it is “the most advanced charging facility in the world”.
The launch of the site comes a month after the prime minister pledged to ban sales of new diesel and petrol vehicles by 2030, a decade earlier than initially planned.
The government also plans to reduce carbon emissions by 68 per cent by 2030 with the aim of reaching net zero by 2050.
Although this move has been welcomed by campaigners, some have called on the government to be more ambitious.
“But given the urgency of the climate crisis and the rapid advances in zero carbon solutions, ambition can be pushed even higher over the next decade,” he added.