WHSmith, Costa Coffee and Booths have signed up to trial the UK’s first electric forecourts with Gridserve.
The forecourt will be situated near Braintree, in Essex, and will launch in November, followed by roughly 100 more facilities across the UK after the trial.
Looking to “radically transform the electric vehicle experience”, Gridserve’s stations will offer electric vehicle drivers facilities including coffee shops and “airport-style” lounges while their cars recharge.
Gridserve also has the convenience shopper in sight, pairing up with grocers to give customers the option of picking up food-to-go and small food shops.
Up to 30 vehicles at a time will be able to charge, with energy to power the chargers generated using onsite solar panels, which are connected to battery storage arrays to balance out variable outputs.
“At WHSmith, we have been serving customers on their journeys for over 200 years and we understand how important convenience is to people on the go,” said WHSmith managing director of travel Toby Keir.
“We’re therefore delighted to be partnering with Gridserve’s Electric Forecourt to deliver a new first-class retail experience, with fantastic service and a tailored product offer. It’s a great concept and we look forward to playing our part over the next hundred years with the future of electric cars,” Keir added.