Britain’s first all-electric car charging forecourt is set to open for business in Braintree, Essex , to charge electric vehicles with 100% renewable energy. From Monday, the super-fast electric forecourt will deliver 350kW of charging power – enough to add 200 miles of driving range in 20 minutes – to up to 36 cars at a time. It will use clean energy sourced from one of the UK’s first subsidy-free solar farms at Clayhill in Bedfordshire, overhead solar canopies, and a battery capable of storing enough energy to drive 24,000 miles. It is the first of more than 100 electric forecourts that Gridserve, a clean energy company, plans to roll out across the country over the next five years as part of a billion-pound “sun-to-wheel” infrastructure. Toddington Harper, Gridserve’s founder and chief executive, said he hoped to update the traditional petrol station model for a net zero carbon world by offering drivers the confidence to replace their fossil fuel car with an electric alternative . “Charging has to be simple and free of anxiety ,” he said. The forecourts will offer super-fast wifi, and stand alongside a range of “Best of British” shops including WH Smith and Booths as […]

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