The ultra-rapid electric vehicle charging hub, developed in partnership between SSE Energy Solutions and M7 Real Estate, was officially launched last Friday by Sir Brandon Lewis CBE, former cabinet minister and local MP.
Situated at Gapton Hall Retail Park in Great Yarmouth, the cutting-edge 10-bay hub boasts 150kW charge units, alongside a 22kW charger, granting users the flexibility to choose their preferred charging option while visiting the site.
Strategically located at the roundabout junction of the A12 and A47, across from Tesco Extra, the shopping park enjoys excellent accessibility. The Gapton Hall hub is the first of an envisaged 50 charging stations planned for deployment across sites managed by M7. A subset of these stations, 20 in total, will be facilitated in partnership with Oxford Properties as part of a two-year initiative focused on electric vehicle infrastructure investment with SSE Energy Solutions. The project’s initial phase will witness the construction of an additional five hubs in key locations including Ipswich, Poole, Hayes, Colchester, and Chelmsford. This momentous occasion marks a significant step forward in sustainable transportation infrastructure.
In response to the rapid growth of electric vehicle adoption, the Government launched the ‘Electric Vehicle Smart Charging Action Plan’ in January 2023, collaborating with Ofgem to outline a roadmap for leveraging smart charging technology in the fight against climate change. Acknowledging that 90% of emissions arise from the UK’s roadways, projects like Gapton Hall stand as pivotal efforts in community-wide decarbonization, aligning with governmental aspirations to phase out petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030.
You can now read the full press release at the link below