Birmingham NEC proudly unveils UK’s biggest public EV charging hub
Taking a giant leap towards eco-conscious and sustainable transport, Birmingham NEC has proudly announced the unveiling of the UK's biggest public EV charging hub, marking a ground-breaking collaboration among energy giant bp pulse, EV Network (EVN), and the NEC Group. The NEC Campus in the West Midlands of the UK unveiled its pioneering Gigahub to cater not only to its annual seven million visitors but also to the broader regional traffic volume. On an average, nearly 60 million EVs will be recharged at the hub per year. The official inauguration of the Gigahub was graced by The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt MP.
Mr. Hunt hailed the new EV haring hub as the UK’s most substantial private investment. His remarks accentuated the UK’s position as a frontrunner in the fast-growing green industry sector. He stressed that the new facility would serve as a crucial transport hub for the future, signifying a significant stride forward in the nationwide expansion of EV charging infrastructure. He went to point out that in the early days, there were usually single or only a few EV charging points with a much lower power output than today.
NEC Group’s Paul Thandi also praised the project by adding, “This strategic collaboration and initiative strengthen our destination offer, demonstrate our commitment to reducing the impact our business practices and our Masterplan credentials have on the environment, and ultimately supports a reduction in carbon emissions.”
The new charging facility boasts an impressive capacity of accommodating up to 180 EVs simultaneously. It includes a lineup of 16 ultra-fast 300KW DC chargers, with two of them reserved for accessible use to enable the simultaneous charging of 30 EVs. In addition, there are a total of 150 charging points operating at 7KW, including additional designated accessible bays, to cater to longer stays.
The diverse range of charging speeds at the facility ranges from 7KW AC charging to rapid 300KW DC charging. It caters to the diverse requirements of different EV drivers. The EV Network, which is the project's multimillion-pound investor, played a vital role by executing the design, development as well as construction of the charging hub. BP pulse and the EV Network entered a long-term partnership deal with the NEC Group to extend EV charging infrastructure across the entire campus. It is worth-mentioning here that the partnership has already either delivered or going to deliver several such other projects across the nation.