Gridserve has permission for 49 electric vehicle charging bays at a site to be opened at the Knebworth estate 

Gridserve’s fourth all-electric forecourt is to open this year at the Knebworth House estate, known for hosting rock concerts and its historic Tudor stately home and gardens.  

The site, south of Stevenage near J7 of the A1(M) in Hertfordshire, will open in late 2024 and follows those at Braintree, Norwich and most recently Gatwick Airport. 

Gridserve has planning permission for 49 chargepoints with contactless payment and capacity to deliver up to 360kW, and the site will be a similar format to its electric forecourt at Braintree, with a two storey building and canopy-covered charging bays. Like its other electric forecourts, Gridserve expects the Knebworth facility to be used by the local community and businesses as well as passing motorists. 

“At Gridserve, we strive to deliver the best charging experience,” says the company, which says it has planning permission for four more sites, with further locations in the planning process. The Knebworth site will have a drivers’ lounge with free “superfast” wi-fi, a play area, and a dedicated electric vehicle (EV) educational and marketing space.

The retail fascia and food choices, as well as meeting room options, will be announced later, it says.