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Gridserve Expands Northern Charging Network with Washington Super Hubs

Public electric vehicle charging point provider Gridserve, in collaboration with motorway services operator Moto, has expanded its network in the north with two new “Electric Super Hub” sites at Washington, Tyne and Wear.

The sites consist of two separate banks of chargers located at the northbound and southbound services, run by Moto, on the A1(M) just south of the Angel of the North monument.

Each of the two sites is equipped with six “High Power” chargers, capable of providing 350kW of charging power for compatible vehicles — which could fully charge something like the 87kWh electric Genesis G80 in around 20 minutes — in addition to the standard chargers already available at each location.

Like other Gridserve Electric Hubs, both CCS and CHAdeMO connectors are provided to allow charging for a wide range of plug-in electric vehicles, with contactless payment and real-time status updates to EV charging maps. Power is provided by “100% net zero carbon energy” using solar panels with battery storage.

Washington becomes the fifth and sixth Gridserve Electric Super Hub site in the north, following Moto Wetherby on the A1(M) in West Yorkshire, two sites at Moto Woolley Edge on the M1 near Wakefield, and the Moto Burton-in-Kendal site in Cumbria. The sites offer 42 of the 350kW high power chargers between them.

In total Gridserve now operates 160 locations, adding 320 new electric vehicle charging points — including over 140 350kW fast chargers — at 18 locations with Moto since 2021.