Osprey Charging, one of the UK’s largest and leading electric vehicle (EV) charging networks, has increased access to public charging in Yorkshire, with high-powered EV chargers installed in Barnsley and Hull, supporting local residents, businesses and visitors with reliable EV infrastructure.
Three of the rapid charging facilities are located at the Wombwell Lane Retail Park in Barnsley and three more at the Kingston Retail Park in Hull.
The 75kW rapid charge points are compatible with every EV on the market today and can typically add 100 miles of range in around 35 minutes, depending on the model of the vehicle and its battery.
Back in May, Osprey had opened a rapid charging site in Hull, at the Willerby Business Park, hoping that 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.
That hasn’t changed with these new facilities, with the focus on making electric vehicle charging accessible to as many people as possible. The company said that “access to charging is one of the biggest barriers to EV adoption and the installation is expected to encourage EV uptake in the area”.
And one way it will do that is with chargers that are easy to use and designed with simple payment for drivers, accepting 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.
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.
“This new charging site at the Kingston Retail Park in Hull is a vital part of the re-charging network that will enable the decarbonisation of transport in the UK.”
As EV uptake increases across the country ahead of the 2030 ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles, more and more of Yorkshire’s visitors will look for EV charging as standard. Osprey has funded this installation, operation and oversees maintenance of the chargers which are all supplied with renewable energy.
In April, 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.
With its expansion in 2023, Osprey is 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. It seems the company is certainly on-track in making progress on that front.