Birmingham’s New EV GigaHubTM
The EV Network and BP Pulse have announced the largest public EV charging point in the UK. Situated at the UK's top live events venue, right at the centre of the country's highway system, the largest public EV charging hub in the UK has officially opened on 7th september 2023 at the NEC Campus in the West Midlands.
How do I find the GigahubTM?
The GigahubTM is 2.4 miles from junction 7A of the M6 and less than a mile away from junction 6 of the M42 and is accessible accessible via the major NEC Campus through road. Users can take a shuttle bus or it is a short walk from the GigahubTM to the NEC on event days.
How many EV chargers are there?
30 ultra-rapid 300KW DC chargers are present at the location, which can charge 180 EVs at once. The location also includes 150 additional 7kW charging outlets.
How much is it?
The on-demand, 85p per kWh ultra-fast chargers are available. The 7kW units may only be reserved in advance and have a cost per kWh of 59p. Subscribers to BP Pulse receive a 20% discount on the charge rates.
EV visitors to the NEC
While there is no parking fee for users at the ultra-fast charging bays, the 7kW chargers are treated like a parking place and have a daily parking fee of £12.50.
A new Starbucks Coffee drive-thru will be available to all GigahubTM visitors, combining quick charging and convenience to provide EV drivers with the services they need while they wait.
This location serves as an example of the value of cooperation in promoting infrastructure development and lowering obstacles for EV charging in the UK.
The EV Network (EVN), the project's investors, the company that designed, developed, and built the EV charging GigahubTM, have collaborated with BP Pulse on a number of projects that will be launched throughout 2023 and entered into a long-term agreement with the NEC Group to provide EV charging infrastructure across the entire campus.
To ensure that the GigahubTM offers its consumers the greatest possible experience, BP Pulse carefully collaborated with EV Network. It will manage the new hub using its experience as one of the biggest charge point providers in the UK. In order to provide a thorough EV charging network across the nation, BP Pulse is delivering the right charging speeds, in the right locations. With a focus on ultra-fast and rapid charge points they intend to build hundreds of hubs by 2030 in urban spaces, on major routes and motorways, and at locations such as restaurants, retail parks, and hotels.
The project's crucial framework is made possible by the strategic involvement of the NEC Group. Its advantageous location at the centre of the country's road system makes it the perfect place to house the largest EV charging hub in the UK.
Image Source: BP Pulse