UK to get lounge-like EV charging hubs
Fleets could soon get access to a network of electric vehicle charging hubs, offering retail and business facilities while drivers top up.
EV Hub UK is a new business and the brainchild of property expert Simon Lloyd, working with David Lloyd, founder of the leisure club network of the same name, and is aimed at providing facilities to meet the demands of the growing plug-in vehicle sector.
The idea is to offer a two-storey, 20×20 metre, modular structure which can be easily adapted and quickly installed at transport hubs, service areas and retail parks, offering pay-as-you-go rapid charging for visitors and access to rental and sharing vehicles from its partners.
Inside, the sites will include business centres with high-speed broadband, as well as a selection of retail, food and drink and leisure facilities, such as gyms.
Users will be able to sign up to a membership scheme for discounted charging, and there will be a club for businesses, such as fleets, taxi drivers and commercial vehicle operators too. The network will also offer a concierge service, to help drivers plug in, as well as the option to pre-book charging points.
The business is seeking investors and crowdfunding to get the first sites installed, but already has large-scale partners keen to be involved with the project.