Fastned, the Dutch electric vehicle fast charging company, has joined up with UK-based Pivot Power, Tesla Superchargers and Wenea, to build Europe’s most powerful EV charging Superhub in Oxford. The Energy Superhub Oxford (ESO) will initially feature 38 fast and ultra-rapid chargers in a single site, with up to 10MW of power on site.
It is the first of up to 40 similar sites planned across the UK, with the Oxford site due to open towards the end of this year.
ESO is set to be one of the largest charging stations in Fastned’s pan-European network. Tesla will operate 12 dedicated 250kW Superchargers. Spain’s Wenea, one of the largest EV charging services providers in Europe, will run 16 fast charging points offering outputs in the range 7-22kW.
The site is directly connected to the high voltage national electricity grid, to provide the power needed to charge potentially hundreds of EVs at the same time quickly, without putting strain on the local electricity network or requiring costly upgrades.
The network connection, developed by Pivot Power, has capacity to expand to key locations throughout Oxford to meet mass EV charging needs, from buses and taxis to commercial fleets.
Fastned’s goal is to build a network of 1,000 fast charging stations across Europe by 2025.
Michiel Langezaal, CEO of Fastned says, “Our mission is to accelerate the transition towards electric mobility by giving freedom to electric drivers. EV drivers experience this freedom when they know that fast and convenient charging is omnipresent. The Oxford Superhub is a great milestone towards that goal. We need hundreds more and will therefore continue to engage with landowners and partners such as Pivot Power. Big stations are the only way to provide charging capacity to the exponentially growing number of EVs coming to our roads.”
Matt Allen, CEO at Pivot Power, adds, “Our goal is to help the UK accelerate net zero by delivering power where it is needed to support the EV and renewable energy revolution. Oxford is one of 40 sites we are developing across the UK, combining up to 2GW of battery storage with high volume power connections for mass EV charging. Energy Superhub Oxford is a blueprint for what we want to replicate right across the country.”