UK's first electric vehicle charging forecourt to be built in Essex

Work has started in Essex on what will be the UK's first electric vehicle charging forecourt.

The Gridserve site is being built at Great Notley near Braintree and will be able to charge 24 cars at once in less than half an hour.

It's hoped that as battery technology improves this time will be reduced.

The energy for the forecourt will come from solar power.

As well as shops there will be an education centre for electric vehicles.

Braintree MP James Cleverly says it building the charging forecourt will help people have the confidence to move towards electric vehicles.

Impression of the site planned for Great Notley Credit: Gridserve

We’ve designed our Electric Forecourts around the needs of electric vehicle drivers, updating the petrol station model for a net-zero carbon future. Many more people want to buy electric vehicles but are worried about how to charge them. We will help solve that challenge and deliver the confidence needed to make the switch to electric transport."

Toddington Harper, Gridserve

The forecourt is being built on a 2.5 acre site near Great Notley, just off the A131

It's the first in a billion pound network of similar forecourts planned across the country