Lock-Up Garages To Be Turned Into EV Charging Hubs

  • New project will see lock-up garages in London converted into EV charging hubs
  • Initiative could charge more than 100,000 zero-emissions vehicles each year and provide an additional 5,000 rapid chargers

Energy company and Go Ultra Low member SSE Enterprise has announced a new initiative that will see hundreds of the capital’s lock-up garages converted into charging hubs for electric vehicles.

The creation of so-called ‘Digital Community Hubs’ is in partnership with real estate management company InfraTech Property Solutions (IPS) and will see selected sites converted to provide 5G and 5G Edge computing, a maximum 20 rapid chargers as well as solar and battery storage technology, both to support distributed energy generation and ease pressure from the National Grid.

Lock-up garages, often located away from residential areas, will be converted into public charging hubs.

The EV hub infrastructure will be designed, developed and operated exclusively by SSE Enterprise, with the aim of rolling out the concept to 1,000 IPS managed locations across London and the Home Counties. In the capital alone, the initiative has the potential to charge more than 100,000 zero-emissions vehicles each year and provide an additional 5,000 publicly accessible rapid chargers. London and its 32 boroughs are well on the way to supporting the electric vehicle revolution, implementing the world’s first Ultra Low Emissions Zone in 2019 and committing to the provision of 50,000 public chargepoints by 2025.

“If we’re serious about bringing cleaner air to the streets of London, then we need this kind of innovative thinking to meet demand,” said Kevin Welstead, SSE Enterprise EV Sector Director. “Space in the capital to build charging hubs is like gold dust, but thanks to the network of lock-up garages tucked away across the city managed by IPS, we can build a network that could charge a tenth of all EVs in London.”

Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low, said “We know accessibility to public charging infrastructure is an often-cited barrier to electric vehicle adoption, but brilliant initiatives like this will go a long way to improving consumer convenience and shifting that mindset. Localised smart grid solutions will not only help enable the much-needed EV transition in cities and beyond, they will also help support our energy system.”

The project team at SSE Enterprise is now in the process of preparing one pilot site near Heathrow Airport Terminal 4 for launch later this year.

Jon Quirk