SSE Energy Solutions has today opened a new publicly accessible 10-bay EV charging hub at its Spa Road depot in Melksham, increasing the number of ultra-rapid chargers in the Wiltshire town tenfold.
As well as being available for public use, the 5 Dual Head ultra-rapid 150kW chargers across 10 EV Charging bays, will service SSE’s local fleet of electric vehicles. The high-powered charging units have the potential to allow drivers to resume their journey in just a few minutes .
SSE plans to build 500 ultra-rapid EV charging hubs powered by traceable, renewable energy in the UK and Ireland by 2030 with several sites already open or under construction including those in Glasgow and Dundee.
As part of its Net Zero Acceleration Plan, SSE has pledged to transition over 2,500 of its vehicle fleet to electric and install work-based charging points for its 10,000 employees to use. Currently, over 70% of SSE’s total car fleet is fully electrified.
The number of electric vehicle chargers in the UK is growing apace, with more than 2,000 installed in March and April of this year . Despite this growth, many communities still lack reliable access to rapid charging facilities.
According to electric vehicle charging atlas ZapMap, there has previously been just one publicly accessible ultra-rapid EV charge point in Melksham to service the town's 18,000 residents.
1. Subject to vehicle capabilities and battery condition; assumes market average vehicle efficiency of 201Wh/km (Source)
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