Tuesday, October 3, 2023

NEC unveils UK’s biggest Gigahub charge

The National Exhibition Center (NEC) near Birmingham recently unveiled the UK’s largest charging Gigahub, a partnership between bp pulse and The EV Network. Acting as a major transportation hub for the future, this hub is an important step in the expansion of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in the country.

Gigahub, a brand name given to the largest charging hubs by bp, is strategically located in areas of high demand. The NEC Gigahub joins existing hubs at Park Lane, London, Gatwick Airport and Kettering. Located at the heart of the national motorway network, the NEC Gigahub will serve the NEC’s seven million annual visitors and an average of 60 million annual traffic accounts for the area.

With 300KW ultra-fast direct current chargers, the Gigahub can simultaneously charge 180 EVs. Among these chargers, two are designated for accessible areas. In addition, the hub offers 150 7KW charging points, including additional accessible spaces for added convenience.

To serve drivers and their passengers while they wait, a Starbucks Coffee drive-thru is included on site. This addition ensures that guests have a place to relax and enjoy refreshments.

The inauguration of Gigahub was attended by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt MP, who praised this private investment in EV charging infrastructure. Hunt said this development is a reflection of Britain’s leading role in the green industry and marks an important milestone in the rollout of the country’s EV infrastructure.

Akira Kirton, vice president of bp pulse UK, expressed the company’s commitment to accelerating the development of EV infrastructure in the UK. He stated that bp pulse plans to launch hundreds of Gigahubs in the next decade, strategically located in areas where EV drivers need them.

This NEC launch is a testament to the dedication of both bp pulse and The EV Network to providing efficient and convenient charging solutions for the growing number of EV drivers in the UK.

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