10 minutes, 100 miles: E.ON UK energises its first 175kW ultra-fast electric vehicle charging points
These new ultra-fast chargers are our first of their type in the UK and will give further support to the growing number of drivers moving away from fossil fuels towards electric vehicles. Whether it’s at home, at work or out and about we’re developing the solutions to help drivers run their vehicles conveniently and with confidence.
Fast, convenient and close at hand for drivers, E.ON has switched on the first of its UK ultra-fast electric vehicle charging points in Birmingham.
The two ultra-fast charging posts are being operated in partnership with the recently opened EG Group facility built on the site of the former Armada public house, near Spaghetti Junction on the outskirts of Birmingham.
The 175kW charge points allow the latest electric vehicles to charge at their maximum rated speed. These new posts are capable of boosting the batteries of the latest generation of electric cars with a range of around 100 miles in just 10 minutes1, effectively opening up longer distance journeys for electric vehicle drivers.
Michael Lewis, Chief Executive of E.ON UK, said: “These new ultra-fast chargers are our first of their type in the UK and will give further support to the growing number of drivers moving away from fossil fuels towards electric vehicles. Whether it’s at home, at work or out and about we’re developing the solutions to help drivers run their vehicles conveniently and with confidence.
“The move to clean energy will play a key role in preventing climate change and driving improvements in local air quality. We’ve taken a leading role in investing in renewable energy generation, and our commitment to supply all of our residential customers with electricity backed by 100% renewable sources as standard, will ensure that any electric vehicles supplied by E.ON will be 100% clean.”
Mohammed Patel, Group Head of Energy and Sustainability, EG Group, added: “As a fast-growing convenience retailer in many markets in Europe, as well as in the USA and Australia, much of our success is driven by our ability to deliver a modern and convenient customer retail experience.
“We have some of the largest sites in our industry, allowing space for the inclusion of electric vehicle charging stations and the co-existence of charging stations and traditional fuel pumps. By offering an electric charging proposition in partnership with E.ON, we bring together their expertise in designing, installing and operating charge points with our knowledge and understanding of forecourt operation.”
Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low, the joint government and industry campaign to promote the uptake of electric vehicles, said: “This announcement is the latest development in what has been a landmark year for the UK’s charging infrastructure. With the UK already being home to one of Europe’s largest rapid charging networks, and a steady increase of charge points across both rural and urban locations, these additions from E.ON will now make it even easier for electric motorists to charge up on the go.”
The new 175kW chargers support both CCS and CHAdeMO connectors, making them compatible with the majority of electric vehicles on UK roads. Customers have the option of contactless/smartphone payment, using the E.ON Drive App (with or without an E.ON RFID or tag) or logging onto eonevpay.co.uk for Pay as You Go access.
Notes to editors:
Charging points co-funded by the European Union.
1 The ultra-fast charging speed of 10 minutes is an average and depends on battery capacity, car model and how much energy is left in the battery. Please refer to your vehicle handbook for further details.
2 Data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders www.smmt.co.uk/2019/04/record-number-of-plug-in-cars-on-uk-roads-as-ownership-surges-by-a-quarter/
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