FT Electric highway chargers at Moto Rugby

Gridserve’s Electric Highway hub at Moto Rugby was the most used site

Gridserve has the top two charging locations in the UK, by usage, and three of the top five according to the EV charging app Zap-Map.

The rankings reflect the second quarter of 2022 and cover around 70% of the UK’s public EV charging network, excluding Tesla Superchargers.

Gridserve’s Electric Super Hubs at Moto Rugby and Moto Exeter topped the list, followed by MFG EV Power’s hub in South London, the BP Pulse site at Hammersmith and another Griderve site in Braintree, which was its first Electric Forecourt.

The rankings are based on analysis of the more than 1.6 million charging sessions tracked by Zap-Map over the second quarter of 2022.

All of the top five sites feature multiple rapid chargers, and Melanie Shufflebotham, Zap-Map co-founder and COO, commented: “With over 500,000 pure-electric cars on UK roads, and the number of EV drivers joining their ranks showing no signs of slowing, high-power charging hubs are becoming increasingly popular, as these five most popular charging locations show us.

“It’s great to see so many people joining the EV community and using these ultra-rapid hubs, not only because they enable longer electric journeys, but ultimately because every EV driver on the road is helping to reduce our carbon emissions.

“It is popular locations such as these that help to provide peace of mind for EV drivers undertaking longer journeys, who know they can easily find a convenient location for a quick boost.”

Toddington Harper, Gridserve CEO, said: “It’s great to see three of our Gridserve Electric Highway locations in the top five most used sites across England. We are committed to building an awesome UK-wide charging network, enabling anyone, anywhere, in any type of EV to take on any journey and have a great customer experience.

“Gridserve Electric Super Hubs and Electric Forecourts help provide EV drivers the confidence they need to undertake any journey, irrespective of what electric vehicle they drive, and charge quickly, reliably, and affordably.

“We’ve launched seven Electric Super Hubs so far this year, including Exeter, through our partnership with Moto plus our Electric Forecourt in Norwich and we will continue to deliver many more locations on the Gridserve Electric Highway throughout this year and ongoing.

“This is the sort of action that is necessary to move the needle on climate change, and it’s great to see how the passion and the pace of development within Gridserve is delivering such a positive impact.”

Ken McMeikan, CEO at Moto Hospitality, said: “I am delighted to see our Moto sites at Rugby and Exeter occupying the top two spots, it’s a real vote of confidence from motorists in both our charging offer and our fantastic facilities.

“As the largest UK motorway services operator, we are continuing our mission to transform the UK’s rest stop experience. Reducing range anxiety by revolutionising the EV charging experience for motorists on motorways is at the heart of our plans.

“Across all our sites, up and down the UK, we’re improving the size, efficiency and capability of our EV charging offer and now have eight Super Hubs open. We also expect to complete super hub installation at half of our motorway services areas over the coming months and are on track to deliver above and beyond the government target of a minimum of six rapid chargers at each motorway site by 2023, all of which makes it easier for our customers to make the switch to sustainable driving.”

As of the end of July 2022, there were more than 20,300 charging locations across the UK with almost 33,300 charging devices, according to Zap-Map statistics.

This represents a 35% increase in the total number of charging devices since July 2021, while there has been a 70% increase in the number of ultra-rapid devices across the country in the same time period.