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Moto adds 24 rapid EV chargers to motorway service sites

Moto and Gridserve are installing 24 rapid chargers across three motorway service stations.

The new units will be located at Swansea, Exeter and Burton in Kendal.

All the new chargers, which can deliver up to 350kW of charging power, will be online in time for Easter.

Moto chief executive Ken McMeikan said: “At Moto, we are absolutely passionate about transforming the electric vehicle charging experience for drivers across the UK’s motorways by delivering the capacity, reliability, simplicity and charging speed UK motorists need. As the biggest motorway services operator in the UK, Moto is uniquely positioned to help redress the geographic imbalances in the EV charging market and we are delivering on that potential.

“We are accelerating our ambition to open Ultra Rapid Charging Hubs at all of our Motorway Service Areas over the coming 12 months and are delighted with the progress that our partnership with Gridserve is making towards delivering a future of more sustainable motoring.”

A new report from the EV Energy Taskorce suggests that en route rapid charging is essential to support long-distance journeys. By 2035, the report says that 60,000 such charge points will be needed along the strategic road network, more than 10 times the number in place today.

The Government has said it will spend £1.6 billion to build a network of 300,000 electric vehicle (EV) chargers by 2030.

Toddington Harper, CEO of Gridserve, added: “We are delivering the most comprehensive EV charging rollout the UK motorway network has ever seen. Gridserve is determined to make charging anxiety a thing of the past and to deliver the infrastructure that will give drivers everywhere the confidence to go electric without compromise. Moto has been instrumental in supporting us to deliver our Electric Hubs and we’re excited to continue our work with them to continue the rollout at pace.”

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