One of Britain’s busiest motorway service stations has upgraded its electric vehicle charging station, backed by a £3.8 million green recovery investment from UK Power Networks.
The regional electricity network operator has delivered new electricity infrastructure to power 12 new IONITY ultra-rapid charge points between J9 and J10 of the M25 at Extra Motorway Service Area’s (MSA) Cobham Services to support EV uptake, reduce carbon emissions and improve local air quality.
The project was funded by UK Power Networks’ Green Recovery programme, which is delivering low carbon energy projects across the South East, London and East of England, supporting the government’s 10 point plan for the UK’s green industrial revolution.
Adam Lakey, leading the Green Recovery projects for UK Power Networks, says, “This significant investment in new power infrastructure for the motorway network at Cobham Services will enable more drivers to make the switch to EVs, improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions.
“We have worked with local communities, government and Ofgem to invest in electricity infrastructure, promote jobs and economic growth and make tangible progress to connect more electric vehicles to accelerate the country’s transition to net zero carbon emissions.”
As part of UK Power Networks’ Green Recovery programme, power upgrades are progressing at several motorway service stations to connect more electric vehicle chargers. At Cobham, UK Power Networks has installed 5km of new 33,000-volt cabling and new equipment at a substation in Effingham.
Decarbonisation Minister Anthony Browne, says, “I welcome this further investment by Extra, UK Power Networks and IONITY, which will improve EV charging provision on England’s motorway network. This will not only support EV drivers on UK roads, but also help the government’s drive towards a greener motor industry.”