May 25, 2018
A new entrant to the UK electric vehicle charging market has announced plans for a £1.6bn investment programme to build rapid charging facilities across the country. Pivot Power is hoping to build a world-first 2GW network of grid-scale batteries and rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the UK.
It plans to build battery parks of several acres that connect directly to the national grid along the strategic road network and major roads. Each park would have around 20-25 large batteries, which will be fenced in and housed within shipping crates. Once planning permission is obtained for these parks, Pivot Power would then seek planning permission for a connected fast charging hub, which could have with between 40-100 150KW charging stations and potentially additional retail facilities for electric vehicle drivers.
The core of Pivot Power’s strategy is connecting batteries and rapid charging stations directly to the extra-high-voltage transmission system as the connectivity fees to electricity grids are a major cost. The charging stations could be located close to major towns however they would not be put in town or city centres. They would operate in a similar way to motorway service stations and could also be located at these or other out of town developments like supermarkets or park and ride facilities.
FULL ARTICLE: New kid on the EV block announces £1.6bn plans