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

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

Post by JonnyVtec » Fri Jun 11, 2021 10:51 pm

InstaVolt has nothing on Gridserve and it’s vision. Who wants to charge in a Magnet carpark…. Plus Gridserve is significantly cheaper.

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

Post by JSN » Sat Jun 12, 2021 9:29 am

I have NEVER had an Ecotricity charger work with my I-Pace - even the one in Stroud by their headquarters. Hopefully, this might result in getting whatever the issue is sovled

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

Post by ChrisMc » Thu Jul 01, 2021 11:34 am

Huge boost to UK car charging: Plans revealed to upgrade motorway network with 300 rapid devices to make electric cars feasible for more drivers

British firm announces plan to retrofit motorway services with high-power charging devices for electric cars
Gridserve acquired motorway charging network from Ecotricity after reliability and hardware complaints
All existing devices will be replaced by September and 50 rapid-charging hubs will be added to 85% of sites
EV drivers can add 100 miles of range with 5 min charges at 30p per kWh with contactless payments


Plans to significantly bolster the nation's electric vehicle charging infrastructure were revealed this morning - and it make will plug-in vehicle ownership more feasible for an increasing number of drivers.

Gridserve, the British firm behind the UK's first dedicated charging forecourt for electric cars opened in Essex, in December, has today announced plans to revolutionise the availability of chargers on the UK's busiest routes, as part of its new Electric Highway scheme.

It will see every vehicle charging device at motorway services replaced with more dependable and faster-charging technology by September, but also add 50 high power 'Electric Hubs' - each offering between six and twelve ultra-rapid 350kW chargers - at the majority of these sites.

The hubs, which are part of a new £100million investment, will spark a significant improvement to charging on motorways, which has until recently been riddled with complaints about unreliability issues under the monopoly of Dale Vince's Ecotricity firm.

Concerns about a lack of public chargers, especially on motorways when attempting long journeys, have been one of the biggest for motorists contemplating making the switch to an electric car before the Government outlaws the sale of new petrol and diesel cars at the end of this decade.

However, Gridserve confirmed today that it will add some 300 rapid chargers in total to 85 per cent of the UK's motorway service stations, which will allow drivers of the latest EVs to add 100 miles of range in charges taking just five minutes.

Users will be charged on a price-per-kWh basis, though there will be a premium to pay at some service stations - as is the case when drivers of conventional cars fill up with petrol and diesel.

While it costs 24p per kWh to top up an EV at Gridserve's first Electric Forecourt in Braintree, the price to charge at one of the new Electric Hubs is 30p per kW. This will enable a typical battery car to add 200 miles of range for as little as £15.

Contactless payments can be made at all of the devices, rather than having to register and subscribe to the service. This is great news!

The new hubs will be extensions to existing chargers that are already at sites - all of which will be upgraded by the end of the summer - and are separate from the 100 Gridserve Electric Forecourts that are set to be built across the country in the coming years.

Those behind the plans say the huge upgrade will provide drivers of plug-in cars with a 'UK-wide network they can rely on, without range or charging anxiety, wherever they live in the UK, and whatever type of electric vehicle they drive'.

The news comes just weeks after Gridserve announced the acquisition of the Electric Highway from Ecotricity, after the Government announced plans to improve its under-performing network.

In March, the Department for Transport announced plans to break green industrialist Dale Vince's Ecotricity monopoly on electric car charging at motorway services with legislation by 2023 that demands that all devices provide quick charge times, are reliable and can be accessed by anyone via contactless payment.

Ecotricity, until now the lone supplier of chargers at motorway service stations - has been heavily criticised by early adopters of electric cars for its unreliable and outdated hardware that has caused huge headaches for EV owners, in some cases resulting in drivers being stranded at services.

For years it has been rated the worst electric vehicle charging network in Zap-Map's annual satisfaction rankings, including a two-out-of-five-star rating in the most recent poll - the lowest score of 16 providers, with Tesla's Supercharger network topping the results with a 4.8 score out of five.

Commenting on the performance of the Ecotricity motorway network in the 2020 study, one electric vehicle owner said: 'They kickstarted the market, but now they are out of date and unreliable.'

In the six weeks since Gridserve has taken responsibility of the motorway network it has installed new chargers with a minimum capacity of 60kWh at over 50 locations – an installation rate of around two new charging locations every day.

The entire network of almost 300 old Ecotricity devices at more than 150 locations on motorways and Ikea stores is due to be replaced by September, according to the British firm's schedule.

It will mean that drivers of any type of electric vehicle will be able to charge and use contactless to pay for their charging sessions.

The first of these motorway hubs was opened to the public in April at Rugby Services and is the UK's largest high-power motorway charging site, featuring a bank of 12 high-power 350kW Gridserve chargers alongside 12 Tesla Superchargers.

Bosses at the firm say this will be the 'blueprint' for all future sites, with more than 10 hubs expected to be completed this year – starting with motorways services deployments in Reading (East and West), Thurrock, and Exeter, and Cornwall Services.

All the chargers are 'supported' by a network of grid-scale hybrid solar farms which ensure that every kW taken from the grid by EV charging infrastructure is netted off against zero-carbon kW's of solar energy put back into the grid.

Speaking from Toddington Services, one of the latest sites to have new chargers installed and - incredibly - the motorway services that inspired his name, Toddington Harper, CEO of Gridserve, said: 'Gridserve's purpose is to deliver sustainable energy and move the needle on climate change, and the Electric Highway is doing just that, eliminating charging anxiety and making driving electric an enjoyable, ultra-convenient and stress-free experience.

'We're working at a phenomenal pace to rollout cutting-edge charging infrastructure and will continue to move heaven and earth to install new chargers en-masse in as many locations as we can, and as quickly as possible.'

Transport Minister, Rachel Maclean, said: 'As we accelerate towards cleaner and greener transport, I'm delighted to see Gridserve leading the charge in the EV charging revolution.

'The UK Government has already set out plans to invest £1.3billion in accelerating the roll out of charging infrastructure, targeting support for rapid chargepoints on motorways and major roads to erase any anxiety around long journeys.

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

Post by ChrisMc » Mon Jul 05, 2021 10:48 am

Just logged in to the Ecotricity / Electric Highway App and this message popped up:-

We're tweaking the network.....

New chargers on the Electric Highway no longer need to use this app. Simply plug in and tap your payment card to start a charge. Full instructions can be found on our new chargers


Good news ongoing having had another Ecotricity charger fail a few times this last couple of weeks.
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Re: Ecotricity sells Electric Highway charge point network to Gridserve - Great news!

Post by Billyd » Mon Jul 05, 2021 10:51 pm

It is great news, I’ve only visited 3 Ecotricity sites, none working. 2 in succession today on M5. Big investment would appear to be needed by the new owners.

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

Post by electric beagle » Tue Jul 06, 2021 12:10 am

It will be good news when actions follow PR.

I am not buying that this work will be done in 2 months.
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Re: Ecotricity sells Electric Highway charge point network to Gridserve - Great news!

Post by bluenun » Tue Jul 06, 2021 8:52 am

electric beagle wrote:
Tue Jul 06, 2021 12:10 am
It will be good news when actions follow PR.

I am not buying that this work will be done in 2 months.
I’m not sure when it will all be complete, but I’d say that Gridserve has done a good job already. There are three dozen or so sites with the new charge points and they work well at low cost. New chargers are popping up almost daily.

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

Post by elbocko » Tue Jul 06, 2021 7:23 pm

bluenun wrote:
Tue Jul 06, 2021 8:52 am
electric beagle wrote:
Tue Jul 06, 2021 12:10 am
It will be good news when actions follow PR.

I am not buying that this work will be done in 2 months.
I’m not sure when it will all be complete, but I’d say that Gridserve has done a good job already. There are three dozen or so sites with the new charge points and they work well at low cost. New chargers are popping up almost daily.
Toddington Harper believes that he will have the whole estate completed by the end of September this year. He is also looking it providing an automatic vehicle identification, charging and billing system so that you just drive up, plug in and wait for car to charge. That is it. Look forward to seeing that supposedly by the end of this year.
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Re: Ecotricity sells Electric Highway charge point network to Gridserve - Great news!

Post by Abu Dhabi Dude » Thu Jul 08, 2021 12:57 pm

electric beagle wrote:
Tue Jul 06, 2021 12:10 am
It will be good news when actions follow PR.

I am not buying that this work will be done in 2 months.
Gridserve are confident that all sites will be complete by the end of September. I’ve spoken to Sam Clarke personally and he has no doubt it is achievable. Going by their progress so far, I wouldn’t bet against them. Software update should be coming by the end of August to allow two cars to charge from one charger.

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

Post by elbocko » Thu Jul 08, 2021 7:21 pm

For those interested there is a long chat between Toddington Harper and Robert Llewellyn. I do like Toddington 's enthusiasm.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1lAkndYumo
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