New concept service station at Leeds gains EV charger

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High-power charging station installed at Leeds Skeleton Lake Services

Charging station comprises six 350kW chargers, expanding the network of available stations for electric vehicles.

The UK network of high power charging stations for electric vehicles has been expanded with the addition of a 350kW Ionity station at the recently constructed Leeds Skelton Lake Services, located on the M1 at J45 east of Leeds.

Drivers can now charge their electric cars in less than 20 minutes depending on their vehicle’s charging capacity using renewable energy. Leeds Skelton Lake is Ionity’s fourth station to be launched in the UK with seven others planned to follow in 2020 in co-operation with Extra MSA Group – each with the UK’s fastest EV chargers.

The opening marks a significant step towards the future of e-Mobility in Leeds and this section of the motorway network. This is the first of these High Power Charging station in the UK to feature the new chargers from Ionity. The new advanced chargers use halo lighting to provide customers with information about the charging status of the battery and are easy to recognise for drivers while the illumination makes use in the hours of darkness more convenient too. In addition, the position and design of the charging cable makes attaching the cable to the car much easier than current units. Now, with the latest generation of electric vehicles providing much-improved performance, efficiency and comfort, the new network will ease range anxiety for existing and potential EV owners.

According to Marcus Groll of Ionity, this continued expansion of the network is part of a strategic commitment to enable long distance EV travel and to break down perceived barriers to EV usage in the UK.

“Our network provides much-needed infrastructure for the e-Mobility revolution. The reality is that 50 kW chargers no longer offer customers fast enough charging on motorways and key travel routes and will therefore not facilitate the transition to e-Mobility,” he says.

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