BP has opened what it claims to be the largest charging hub in the UK. The new location is at the Birmingham NEC and is called a ‘Gigahub’ with capacity for up to 180 vehicles in total, with 30 being superfast 300kW DC chargers and a further 150 with 7kW AC chargers. This is now the third large location that BP has opened recently, one at Gatwick airport and another in the centre of London, in Park Lane.
On site is a Starbucks drive-thru store, making refreshments and food available to customers charging. The location is accessed via the NEC campus through road and it is less than one mile from the M42 J6 and 2.4 miles from the M6 J7A.
“This is the biggest private investment in electric charging in the UK and is a huge vote of confidence in Britain’s role as a leader in green industries. The ground-breaking site will be a major transport hub for the future and marks a significant step in our rollout of electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the country.”
Jeremy Hunt, MP
The new charging location was built and installed by ‘The EV Network’ and the company is going to be investing £100 million in new EV charging projects this year and by 2025, it aims to spend a further £300 million.