Osprey Charging has opened three rapid EV charging sites in the UK, two in Bridgend and one in Hull, all capable of adding 100 miles of range within around 35 minutes (depending on the model and the battery) and is compatible with all-electric vehicles in the country.
The sites are equipped with Osprey’s Tritium rapid 75kW chargers and 6m cable. Osprey says that with these chargers, a Tesla Model 3 Long Range will take 49 mins to charge, and a Jaguar I-PACE 56 minutes to charge.
Osprey said that “access to charging is one of the biggest barriers to EV adoption”, and the company hopes these new installations encourage EV uptake in the area, bolstering the UK’s national charging infrastructure as well as improving local air quality, reducing noise pollution and supporting local decarbonisation efforts.
In Hull, the site opened at Willerby Business Park, an “ideal place to charge while grabbing a bite to eat from either the Costa or Burger King on the site”; in Bridgend the two sites are at the Cherry Laurel and Llangewydd Arms pubs, “an ideal place to charge an EV whilst popping for a bite to eat”.
Ian Johnston, CEO of Osprey Charging, said: “The electric transition is well underway and we’re here to provide a reliable and rapid public charging service for drivers, from Cornwall to Scottish Highlands.
“Each of our new locations is carefully designed to maximise space, accessibility and availability of chargers, working to the latest and highest standards. These new charging sites are a vital part of the re-charging network that will enable the decarbonisation of transport in the UK.”
Last month, the UK-based rapid charging firm announced that it installed as many chargers in the first quarter of 2023 as it did during the whole of 2022. It said that 142 Osprey EV charging stations went live in the first 10 weeks, taking its total in the country to 536 rapid chargers.
Osprey said due to its expansion in 2023, it was now the fourth-largest public rapid charging network with chargers across the UK. The company, in the top three in the UK for both personal safety and accessibility, said that it is looking to install four times as many chargers in 2023 as it did in 2022.
Making EV charging stations more accessible and reachable seems to be the big drive in the sector currently. Yesterday, we reported that the Barnet is set to install almost 1,300 EV charging points, taking its total to 2,000 by the end of next year, after the council secured a funding of £5.19 million government grant.
This means that the north London borough will have the most EV chargepoints — and also one in every six of all of London’s public charging points, given the total on-street charging points in the whole of Greater London is around 11,500.
And last week, we reported that Surrey Council had also announced the largest on-street EV charging point scheme in the UK, aimed at delivering 10,000 public chargers at over 1,500 locations across streets and public car parks by 2030 after a £60 million investment from one of the leading private EV charging contractors, Connected Kerb.
Connected Kerb, the London-based firm, provides EV charging solutions for the public sector and it’s aiming to deliver 190,000 charge points before 2030, or 63 per cent of the UK government’s 300,000 charge point estimate. Recently, it also became the latest network to go live on Zap-Pay, the simple way to pay for EV charging across networks from Zapmap.
Osprey, however, has already been fully integrated into the Zap-Map for the last three years. Drivers can pay via contactless bank cards, Apple/Google Pay, the Osprey App and RFID card payments as well as payments through all major third-party payment methods including fleet cards.