Sustainable energy company Gridserve is to build a more than 100 electric vehicle charging forecourts across the UK which will be powered by solar farms and have onsite energy storage.

The forecourts will cater for both private and fleet vehicles, including buses and heavy goods trucks, and Gridserve says most of these will be able to be fully charged within 30 minutes, however cars and light goods vehicles can be ready in under 10 minutes.EV charging network to combine solar and storage

Gridserve founder Toddington Harper said: “We plan to make charging electric vehicles as easy as using petrol stations. The latest generation of electric vehicles are awesome, and ready for mainstream adoption, but drivers still worry about if or where they can charge, how long it will take, and what it will cost.”

He said the forecourts will “eliminate any range or charging anxiety” and added that the infrastructure “will accelerate the electric vehicle revolution, serve the grid, and help the UK meet climate and clean air targets. We are partnering with operators of fleet vehicles, developers, financiers of vehicles and infrastructure, EV manufacturers, retailers, local authorities, and others who share our vision.”

Construction is due to start on the first sites this year at York and Hull in England. The solar farms at both sites will utilize bifacial panels to generate energy on both sides and trackers to follow the sun. All of the forecourts will also have battery storage.