FT - MFGs latest ultra-rapid electric vehicle chargers - installed by Premier Forecourts and Construction in Wigan

MFG’s latest ‘ultra-rapid’ EV chargers - installed by Premier Forecourts and Construction in Wigan

MFG’s first electric vehicle (EV) hub has been completed by Premier Forecourts and Construction, a specialist in forecourts and diverse construction projects. 

The Swansea-based company was appointed by MFG as principal contractor to install eight new bays with ultra-rapid 150kW chargers for EVs at MFG’s site at Crow Orchard in Wigan, providing the company’s latest ‘ultra-rapid’ 150kW chargers.Crow Orchard EV hub is the first of MFG’s EV power stations to be located next to a major trunk road.

The site now caters for drivers of electric vehicles as well as traditional petrol and diesel engines, with the ultra-rapid EV chargers allowing around 100 miles of driving from just 10 minutes of charging.

MFG are investing significantly in electric vehicle charging points across the UK, following Prime Minister Johnson’s announcement towards the end of 2020, which brought forward the date for the ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans to 2030. It recently announced £400m investment programme in ’ultra-rapid’ EV chargers for its 918-strong UK-network over the next decade.

Time lapse footage released collaboratively by Premier Forecourts and Construction and MFG shows how the work to install the eight new EV chargers was able to be completed, while allowing the busy service station to remain open. 

Formerly the construction division of The Premier Group, Premier Forecourts and Construction has grown and diversified into other areas of construction, in addition to its specialist forecourt work. Its work base within the EV charging sector has significantly increased in recent years, showcasing its successful expansion into new markets.

Steve Evans, Premier Forecourts and Construction managing director, said: “We were delighted to be working on such an important project for MFG using its new design of EV charger. We hope this will be the first of many similar projects we complete for them across the UK.”

Andrew Edwards, Group Infrastructure director at MFG, said: “A very complex construction project delivered on time, delivered on budget and made easy, thank you Premier!”