With no fewer than 180 electric charging points, the largest charging hub in Europe has just been inaugurated in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
The EV Network (EVN), BP Pulse, NEC Group, as well as the British Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt inaugurated the “Gigahub” of the NEC Campus, the site of National Exhibition Centre, an exhibition center located in Birmingham, West Midlands, England. It is the largest charging hub for electric vehicles in Europe.
“This is the largest private investment in electric charging in the UK, and is a huge vote of confidence in Britain’s role as a leader in green industries. This first-of-its-kind charging hub will provide a major transport hub for the future and mark an important milestone in our rollout of electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the country.”declared Jeremy Hunt, British Chancellor of the Exchequer, on this occasion.
This charging Gigahub can be used by the seven million annual visitors to the National Exhibition Centre, but also by other road users, including the 60 million visitors passing through the region each year. The NEC Campus site is indeed located in a strategic location, close to the M42 motorway and Birmingham Airport, as well as numerous shops and businesses.
This impressive car park is capable of charging up to 180 electric vehicles simultaneously, using 300 kW DC chargers, offering 30 ultra-fast charging points. There are also 150 additional charging points with a power of 7 kW. This offering of two power levels aims to meet the different needs of electric motorists expected within this charging hub.
All visitors to the Gigahub will have access to a new drive-thru service offered by the Starbucks Coffee chain, allowing motorists to order a drink or snack while waiting for their electric vehicle to charge.
The various players in this project, The EV Network (EVN), BP Pulse as well as NEC Group, called on Jaguar to support the launch of this electric charging Gigahub: during the month of August 2023, a fleet of 32 Jaguar I-Paces were used on site to test the infrastructure in terms of energy distribution, fast charging and vehicle connection.
The NEC Campus electric charging hub is now available to the British manufacturer’s customers via the Jaguar Charging application, expanding a network of more than 500,000 charging points in Europe and the United Kingdom.
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