Lock-up garages ‘could be turned into EV rapid charging hubs for Londoners’

A new project aims to provide charging capacity for more than 100,000 cars every day

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Lock-up garages could provide a ‘new generation’ of electric vehicle (EV) charging hubs.

SSE Enterprise has partnered with InfraTech Property Solutions (IPS), which manages hundreds of lock-up garage sites across London, to turn parking spaces into digital community hubs that combine rapid-charging with 5G and computing technology.

The project aims to provide charging capacity for more than 100,000 cars in London every day, a figure equivalent to 4% of the 2.66 million cars currently registered in London.

It says the hubs will be located across the capital and will consist of between 10 and 20 rapid-charging bays and even an onsite coffee van for waiting drivers – the ‘ultra-fast’ charging technology to be deployed is expected to cut charging times to 30 minutes or even 10 minutes.

Kevin Welstead, SSE Enterprise EV Sector Director, said: “This project has the capability to provide the mass rollout of EV charging that London is crying out for as more and more consumers switch to EV.

“Space in the capital to build charging hubs is like gold dust, but thanks to the network of lock-up garages tucked away across the city managed by IPS, we can build a network that could charge a tenth of all EVs in London.”