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EV rapid charging hub opens in Croydon

Osprey charging hub - Croydon

Osprey Charging has opened a new high-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging hub in Croydon.

The hub is located in Purley Cross Retail Park and features six rapid chargers, ranging from 75kW to 175kW

It is part of a wider rollout of more than 150 charging hubs that are being delivered across the UK by Osprey Charging, in a £75 million programme.

Ian Johnson, CEO of Osprey Charging said: “London drew a line in the sand with the expansion of the ULEZ zone in the city, sending a clear message to Londoners to rapidly switch to cleaner modes of transport. Our new hub in Croydon – one of the most powerful of its kind in the city – will give current and future EV drivers in London access to reliable and convenient charging. 

“Our nationwide hubs roll-out will see large-scale charging infrastructure deployed rapidly, at the scale required to serve the mass market of EV drivers hitting Britain’s roads in the coming years.”

The number of EVs in the capital has increased by 95% in 2021 compared to the previous year, leading to greater demand for public charging infrastructure. The Mayor’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Delivery Plan estimates that by 2025 London may need up to 4,000 rapid charging points.

Osprey’s £75 million UK-wide EV charging hub rollout will see a total of 1,500 150-175KW rapid chargers installed across 150 sites nationwide over the next four years.

The new Croydon hub is adjacent to a number of retail outlets including Starbucks, Aldi and Smyths Toys, allowing drivers to charge their cars whilst they shop. The hub also supports major transport routes into the city and sees 18,500 cars pass by every day.

Osprey Charging has entered a new partnership with Bonnet to open up access to EV charging to drivers using the Bonnet app  

 Patrick Reich, co-founder and CEO of Bonnet, said: “It’s an exciting time to be partnering with Osprey. One of the key stumbling blocks to EV adoption is the lack of public rapid charger availability and confusion around how to use different public charging networks. This partnership offers Osprey’s state-of-the-art rapid charging experience through the Bonnet app, which simplifies membership, payments and gives drivers real-time chargepoint info straight from the operator.”

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