New solar-powered electric car charging stations are to come to the UK and will be capable of recharging electric vehicles in just 10 minutes.
The first of over 100 stations is set to be built by Gridserve in Braintree, Essex and will have enough points to charge 24 cars at once.
Electric cars with smaller batteries and high-speed charging capacities will also be able to recharge in just 10 minutes at these stations while larger vehicles could take half an hour.
As part of the £1billion project, there will also be ‘airport-style’ lounges built which will contain shops, toilets and cafes which will offer drivers options for things to do while the car’s change up.
Around 80 of these sites have already been confirmed according to Gridserve and there are more in the pipeline.
“As easy as using petrol stations”
Toddington Harper, founder of Gridserve said: “We plan to make charging electric vehicles as easy as using petrol stations.
“Within five years we plan to have more than 100 Electric Forecourts in use, with each supported by solar energy and battery storage.
“This infrastructure will accelerate the electric vehicle revolution, serve the grid, and help the UK meet climate and clean air targets.
“We are partnering with operators of fleet vehicles, developers, financiers of vehicles and infrastructure, EV manufacturers, retailers, local authorities, and others who share our vision.”