Gridserve has announced plans to build a UK-wide network of more than 100 of its electric forecourts designed specifically for the needs of electric vehicle (EV) drivers

megawatt batteries to provide grid services that support the rapid uptake of EVs and additional renewable energy capacity. Construction is scheduled to start on the first sites later this year including at York and Hull, where Gridserve is said to be building the UK’s most advanced solar farms. Toddington Harper, CEO and founder of


ach Electric Forecourt will have dedicated zones for both private and

fleet vehicles, such as taxis, buses, delivery vehicles and heavy goods vehicles, and offer a new charging experience. It should take less than 30 minutes to

charge most vehicles and, during this time, drivers will be able to take advantage of a range of facilities including a coffee shop, fresh food, convenience supermarket, and airport- style lounge with high-speed internet. Gridserve’s £1bn programme involves

the company building new solar farms to supply the Electric Forecourts with clean, low cost energy, and installing multi-

Gridserve, says: “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.” The Electric Forecourts will offer:

• Rapid charging: Each vehicle will be able to charge at the fastest power it can support, with an ultimate rate of 500kW for cars and light commercial vehicles, offering less than 10 minute charge times. There will also be multi-MW charging options for buses and heavy goods vehicles. • Competitive pricing: Gridserve is investing in grid infrastructure and new solar energy capacity to be able to deliver

dependable, clean, low-cost energy that materially improves the business case for electric vehicles. • Minimal waiting: Typical configuration includes up to 24 ultra-fast charging bays, with batteries to support the maximum power requirements of all chargers simultaneously. A new queuing system will also minimise waiting times and allow customers to be able to reserve charging slots in advance. Gridserve is also developing an app to

support the driver experience at each Electric Forecourt which will help people to plan journeys better, reserve charging slots, and pay for on-site services such as car washing. The company has already secured 80

Electric Forecourt sites on busy routes, near powerful grid connections close to towns, cities and major transport hubs. Location permitting, the company will also build new solar farms adjacent to Electric Forecourts which will supply their electricity directly.


The world’s longest pure electric bus W

BYD launches the world’s first 27m pure electric bus

ith a passenger capacity of 250 people, it is claimed to be the

longest pure electric bus in the world and can travel at a maximum speed of 70km/h. It is also said to be the world’s first electric bus equipped with a distributed 4WD system, which can switch between 2WD and 4WD smoothly to meet the demands of different terrains, while also lowering the vehicle’s overall energy consumption. The BYD K12A is compatible with the

global Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, featuring an all-aluminium alloy body and BYD’s core technologies of batteries, electric motors and electronic controls. “Today, BYD is using once again its core

technology, reliable products and innovative solutions to solve the two great urban ills of congestion and pollution,” says Stella Li, senior vice president of BYD. “The K12A will bring zero emissions to

BRT systems, allowing passengers to enjoy quiet, pollution-free travel, while


at the same time saving significant maintenance costs for operators.” The K12A also features BYD’s battery

heat management system, energy regenerative system and smart integrated design. The bus is equipped with DC and AC charging ports that can be switched freely to meet customers’ every need. One charge can last almost 300km, and can therefore respond to the demands of a full day’s operation. “I’m confident that BYD’s super-long

pure electric buses are the future of BRT systems, and that the company’s strength is a measure of China’s solid industrial strength,” says Luis Carlos Moreno, CEO of Express, one of BYD’s major clients in Colombia. “On this trip to Shenzhen, I’ve seen that

the city’s public buses are already 100 per cent electrified, and I firmly believe that electrification is a future global trend.” BYD first unveiled its public

transportation electrification solution in 2010. The K9, the first pure electric bus,

began commercial operations in Shenzhen in 2011. BYD’s pure electric buses are noted for their performance in energy saving and environmental protection, features that the K12A is especially efficient in. Each bus saves the equivalent of 80 tons of CO2 emissions per year, and can save 360,000l of fuel throughout its lifecycle. To date, BYD has delivered a total of

more than 50,000 pure electric buses to its global partners.


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