Ecotricity sells Electric Highway charge point network to Gridserve - Great news!

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Ecotricity sells Electric Highway charge point network to Gridserve - Great news!

Post by ChrisMc » Wed Jun 09, 2021 4:42 pm

Ecotricity sells pioneering Electric Highway charge point network to Gridserve

Ecotricity has completed the sale of its pioneering Electric Highway charging network to electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure firm Gridserve, the companies announced today.

Ecotricity founder Dale Vince said he was "delighted" to sell the charge point network to Gridserve following a decade of development, arguing the UK's fast expanding charging network was facing a critical turning point in the transition from fossil fuel to electric vehicles.

"We've reached an interesting point in the electric car revolution - exponential growth is just round the corner, while the technology for charging has evolved into one ruling standard, offering charging speeds that are almost on par with fossil powered ones, where you top up once every week or two," Vince said. "At the same time, the Electric Highway needs a growth spurt to make sure it stays ahead of driver demand and continues to play its key role as the network that delivers more miles a year for UK drivers than any other. For this, the Electric Highway needs an owner with access to serious funding and real commitment to the cause - and I'm delighted to have found the ideal company in GRIDSERVE to hand the baton to."

The Electric Highway was the first national charging network for electric cars when it launched in 2011 and has since played a key role in kickstarting the country's electric car revolution.

Gridserve CEO Toddington Harper also applauded the deal, confirming that the firm would now embark on a series of upgrades that would modernise the pioneering charging network.

"It's a real honour for Gridserve to have been chosen by Ecotricity as the organisation to take the Electric Highway forward in its next phase," he said. "Our purpose is to deliver sustainable energy and move the needle on climate change, and the upgraded network will provide the conference for millions more to make the successful transition to electric vehicles in the earliest possible timeframes."

Gridserve intends to upgrade all the existing 'pumps' on the network with a range of new technologies, including contactless payment, according to today's update.

Last month, the Electric Highway opened the first high-power charging facility on a UK motorway at a service station in Rugby. The 350kW chargers installed at the forecourt mark a significant step forward from the 7kW chargers installed on the network 10 years ago.

Ecotricity said the proceeds of the sale of the EV charging network would allow it to advance a series of projects in its pipeline, including a number of new subsidy-free solar and battery storage plants.

The green energy company is also working to develop Britain's first 'green gas mill', an anaerobic digestion plant that would generate electricity for the grid from grass, and a separate venture where it plans to produce lab diamonds from carbon dioxide captured from the atmosphere.

The acquisition comes hot on the heels of news US telecoms company and EV charging infrastructure specialist Charge Enterprises has made a "strategic investment" in UK charge point provider Connected Kerb.

Under the terms of the deal, Charge Enterprises has obtained a three-year exclusive right of first refusal for all of Connected Kerb's installations in North America.

"Connected Kerb's disruptive technology proposition is aimed at on-street residential and long-dwell destination (workplaces, fleet, etc.) charging, a key component of Charge's network and a perfect complement to our mission to help cities thrive by making mobility manageable," said Charge Enterprises founder and CEO Andrew Fox. "Both companies believe that on-street residential and long-dwell destination charging is crucial for accelerating society's transition away from fossil fuels toward a sustainable electric transportation future.

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Re: Ecotricity sells Electric Highway charge point network to Gridserve - Great news!

Post by Blackseries » Wed Jun 09, 2021 8:12 pm

This really is great news!

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Post by ChrisMc » Wed Jun 09, 2021 8:46 pm

Blackseries wrote:
Wed Jun 09, 2021 8:12 pm
This really is great news!
Thats what I thought too, its about time Ecotricity had an owner who was prepared to invest in the infrastructure.
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Post by RobN » Wed Jun 09, 2021 10:52 pm

Very good news! Let’s hope for better motorway services charging facilities in the near future!
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Post by Coops » Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:50 am

RobN wrote:
Wed Jun 09, 2021 10:52 pm
Very good news! Let’s hope for better motorway services charging facilities in the near future!
Agree, having seen the investment in Rugby Services I hope this really kick starts the expansion of the infrastructure.

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Post by JonnyVtec » Thu Jun 10, 2021 5:53 pm

ChrisMc wrote:
Wed Jun 09, 2021 8:46 pm
Blackseries wrote:
Wed Jun 09, 2021 8:12 pm
This really is great news!
Thats what I thought too, its about time Ecotricity had an owner who was prepared to invest in the infrastructure.
Ecotricity is still Ecotricity, they have sold the “Electric Highway” part.

Great news regardless!

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Post by tedca » Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:40 am

I have never used GridServe, but that sounds good news. Shame it was not Instavolt - their chargers are superb on the M1 junc 29a / 30 but there are not that many of them.

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Re: Ecotricity sells Electric Highway charge point network to Gridserve - Great news!

Post by ChrisMc » Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:53 am

JonnyVtec wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 5:53 pm
ChrisMc wrote:
Wed Jun 09, 2021 8:46 pm
Blackseries wrote:
Wed Jun 09, 2021 8:12 pm
This really is great news!
Thats what I thought too, its about time Ecotricity had an owner who was prepared to invest in the infrastructure.
Ecotricity is still Ecotricity, they have sold the “Electric Highway” part.

Great news regardless!
Most of us here are only interested in the charging side of Ecotricity, now Gridserve have that in their stable things should start to improve on motorway service stations around the country.
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Post by ianipace » Fri Jun 11, 2021 1:41 pm

Even Gridserve_HQ are incapable or totally reluctant to offer a predicted roll out of the replacement charge points! When asked when they plan to start on the woeful M4 charge points, Membury et al, there is a deafening silence!
All they say is 'We will be replacing charge points by September'!
If they don't have a schedule, then I don't hold any hope of anything changing anytime soon.
The M4 corridor is a charging disgrace. Membury, no CCS charging only ChadeMo and AC with pot holes as a bonus! The same at most other services up to and beyond Swansea! Tesla have multi charge points, with excellent lighting and best of all no pot holes!
The M5 isn't much better either.

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Re: Ecotricity sells Electric Highway charge point network to Gridserve - Great news!

Post by SammyD » Fri Jun 11, 2021 5:22 pm

Gridserve has a lot of work to do.
I used the Rugby site last Saturday and can I get a receipt from them? Their system just says 'it may take up to three business days to get a receipt'.
Mind you, Geniepoint is not much better. You can get a detailed record of a charging session emailed to you. I get the email but... there is nothing in it.
sigh.
Must do better.

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