ABB installs UK’s first privately owned DC rapid charging station

Norman Baker

ABB installs UK’s first privately owned DC rapid charging station

Transport Minister Norman Baker opens electric vehicle rapid charger at Midlands printing company RCS

ABB has delivered the UK’s first privately owned direct current (DC) rapid charging station for electric vehicles.

The charger was installed in Retford, Nottinghamshire and has been officially opened by Transport Minister, Norman Baker, underlining the UK government’s commitment to promoting ultra low carbon transport.

The Terra 51 charger was recently installed at the offices of printing company RCS in Retford, just three miles off the A1 that connects London and Edinburgh. RCS, a fast growing company that aims to become the greenest producer in its industry, bought the charger with financial support from the Midlands Plugged-in Places (PiP) project, part of the UK government’s wider programme to develop EV charging infrastructures across the UK. The rapid charge station is being used by RCS to recharge its electric fleet of sales and delivery vehicles, but will also be part of the Plugged-in Midlands public charging network.

‘We know there is public appetite out there for plug-in vehicles and we’re doing everything possible to make them a real option for both motorists and industry,’ said Mr Baker.

‘The installation of this charging station will not only make it easier and faster for electric vehicle owners to recharge away from home, but demonstrates how our Plugged-in Places programme is helping to stimulate private investment in vital infrastructure. There is no doubt that low carbon vehicles are here to stay, and we will continue to work with the industry to create a world leading charging network that really reflects the needs of its users.’

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