There is also an education centre attached to the main building where people can find out more about electric vehicles and buy or lease one. 

Toddington Harper, Founder and CEO of Gridserve, which is behind the project, said: “Our UK-wide network of electric forecourts will eliminate range and charging anxiety, and represent so much more than the electric equivalent of modern petrol stations.

“We will deliver a fully loaded customer experience, offering the best of British retail and customer service to cater for a full range of consumer and driver needs.”

With forecourts sited close to powerful grid connections and highly populated areas or transport routes, the electric forecourt network will be powered by zero-carbon solar energy and battery storage projects. To achieve this, Gridserve is developing several large solar farms as part of a Sun-to-Wheel initiative that ensures that 100% of the electricity used at its forecourts is renewable and, from the grid’s perspective, sustainable. 

The company owns the Clayhill Solar Farm in Bedfordshire, which provides the energy for the Braintree Electric Forecourt.

The Braintree site is part of a £1bn programme to develop a UK-wide network of 100 or more Electric Forecourts over the next five years.

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