Plug-in pit-stop: New opened Rugby Services on the M6 becomes the largest rapid-charging site for electric cars on Britain’s motorway network
- Rugby Services at Junction 1 on the M6 is the first new Moto site in 14 years
- It has 24 ‘ultra-rapid’ chargers – 12 Tesla Superchargers and 12 Electric Highway devices
- It is the largest electric vehicle charging service station on Britain’s motorways
- Compatible EVs will be able to add 100 miles of range in a five minute charge
A new services station opened today and it is the largest ultra-rapid charging site on the nation’s motorways network.
Moto’s Rugby motorway services at Junction 1 of the M6 is the company’s first new site in 14 years and features 24 ultra-rapid electric vehicle charging points.
It means drivers with compatible EVs can use the 350kW device to add up to 100 miles of range in just five minutes – and pay for the electricity using contactless payment.
Plug-in pit-stop: Rugby Services, opened today at Junction 1 of the M6, is the biggest ultra-rapid EV charging site on the entire motorway network
The rapid chargers consist of 12 Tesla Superchargers and a dozen Electric Highway devices provided by Ecotricity and Gridserve – the latter being the company behind the first dedicated electric charging station in the UK, in Braintree, Essex, which opened in December.
Moto says that 28 of its sites up and down the country are set to have ultra-rapid chargers installed by the end of the year to facilitate speeding charging for the growing number of EVs on the road.
By the end of 2022, it wants every Moto services to have at least six ultra-rapid chargers as part of a £100million investment programme that includes upgrading its existing 50kW chargers by the end of the summer, just in time for a predicted boom in summer staycations.
Reading, Thurrock, and Exeter are among the 24 ultra-rapid charger locations planned, all three of them operational by the end of this year.
A total of 24 ultra-rapid devices have been installed at the services. A dozen of these are Tesla Superchargers
The remaining 12 devices are supplied by Electric Highway in partnership with Ecotricity and Gridserve – the latter being the company behind the first dedicated electric charging station in the UK, in Braintree, Essex , which opened in December.
Moto says that 28 of its sites up and down the country are set to have ultra-rapid chargers installed by the end of the year to facilitate speeding charging for the growing number of EVs on the road
Ken McMeikan, chief executive of Moto, said: ‘Moto is committed to sustainable motoring and we want to play a key part in encouraging more people to have the confidence to switch into electric vehicles.
‘Rugby Services is the most significant first step in achieving this and we’re proud to be launching the UK’s largest EV charging site.
‘Our vision is to transform the UK’s rest stop experience and we think motorists will be delighted with the new Moto site at Rugby, particularly as they begin travelling again following easing of Covid-19 restrictions to see family, friends and loved ones.’
Rugby Services had been due to open by July 2020 but had been pushed back almost a year due to the pandemic.
It also caters for drivers of petrol and diesel cars with a BP forecourt and stores inside the new services building include Marks & Spencer, Greggs, Costa Coffee, KFC, Pret a Manger, Burger King and WHSmith.
There’s also a kids indoor play areas and an outdoor pond and water feature.
It means drivers can visit for a splash and dash in more ways than one.
Rugby Services had been due to open by July 2020 but had been pushed back almost a year due to the pandemic
Splash and dash: The site also has a BP filling station, plenty of stores and an outdoor water feature
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