MFG Manchester EV-only hub

MFG has unveiled plans to open 60 new EV hubs this year as it invests more than £50m in dual-fuel and EV only sites across its network.

The spend is part of its commitment to invest £400m in EV infrastructure by 2030.

This year it intends to install more than 350, ultra-rapid 150kW EV chargers at 60 new hubs throughout the UK.

In addition, MFG will energise a further 20 sites in the first quarter of 2022 that were completed in the final months of 2021.

The hubs will have between four and eight ultra-rapid 150kW EV chargers per site, and there are plans to augment these with 300kW-plus chargers as vehicle battery technology improves to maintain the fastest charging times across the MFG network.

While these charging speeds are beyond the capability of most EV models currently on the market, MFG says it is investing ahead of the curve to build driver’s confidence in electricity as a fuel source and supporting the government’s emissions target of being net zero by 2050.

The investment in 2022 builds on the £40m EV investment undertaken in 2021, which included the opening its flagship forecourt at Putney, and the first dedicated ultra-rapid EV-only site in the north-west of England at Manchester.

MFG has committed to a dual fuel strategy, where it will continue to provide existing fossil fuel infrastructure while placing equal importance on rolling out ultra-rapid EV charging hubs.

It believes on route charging will be particularly important for drivers who do not have access to at-home charging. In England, more than 60% of dwellings in cities and urban areas do not have garages or other off-road parking provisions, and must rely on electricity from publicly accessible networks.

MFG CEO William Bannister said: “We have already invested significantly, and ahead of the curve, on EV charging across our portfolio. We have an ambitious roll-out programme for 2022 which is focused on our network throughout the UK.

“Our EV sites are modern in design and provide a high-quality retail and consumer experience for the community and for motorists to use while charging their vehicles. We look forward to delivering on our strategic plans throughout 2022.”