Hackney home to UK’s first ‘ultra fast’ EV chargers

It was host to the 2012 Olympic Games and is one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in London – and now Hackney is the UK’s first place to have “ultra-fast” electric […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

It was host to the 2012 Olympic Games and is one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in London – and now Hackney is the UK’s first place to have “ultra-fast” electric vehicles charging points.

Cars can now be charged in under 30 minutes, boosting the power by 30%-80% in what is called “breakthrough” charging technology by its designers, technology company ABB. The ‘Terra Smart Connect’ charging points (pictured) have been installed outside the photography firm Holborn Studios.

The charging station in Hackney is part of the capital’s Source London network of EV chargers and was installed with funding provided by Transport for London and Hackney Council.

The charge points would be useful in places where people can easily spend a couple of hours like restaurants, health clubs and car parks. ABB said they would “remove the need for a costly new connection to the electricity grid”.

Martin Hale from ABB said: “The growing number of electric vehicles is driving a global market opportunity for charging solutions including sophisticated monitoring systems and software to support the electric grid.”

The news comes the same week ELN reported the Government’s £37 million package to expand the UK’s EV charging points, offering 75% funding support for installing new EV charge points.