A petrol station in the West Midlands has been given planning permission to replace a car wash with an electric car charger.
According to reports express and stara Shell Compton service station on Bridgnorth Road, Wolverhampton, has been approved.
Existing car wash facilities will be demolished and charging facilities will be accessible seven electric cars instead.
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In granting the planning permission, Wolverhampton City Council noted that “the addition of electric vehicle charging points will help promote the development of renewable sustainable energy and improve air quality in the area”.
Seven EV chargers will be installed under individual canopies in the station’s forecourt, and Provide charging speed Up to 150kWh.
Motor Fuels Group (MFG), one of the UK’s largest independent forecourt operators, is responsible for planning permission applications. It manages more than 900 gas stations across the country and has major plans to introduce electric vehicle charging.
MFG has committed to investing £400m in ultra-fast electric vehicle technology, aiming to install more than 3,000 individual charging units by 2030.
Larger charging capacity need
The company opened seven new EV charging stations by the end of 2022, and now has a total of 280 ultra-fast chargers in operation. All nearest stations have been added to the existing gas station forecourt.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has highlighted the need for more EV charging. It notes that charging access “remains a barrier to EV adoption” and that “the government’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy predicts that between 300,000 and 720,000 charging points will be needed in the UK by 2030”.
SMMT stated that even the Meet the minimum requirements 300,000 charging devices, “more than 100 new chargers are installed every day”. The current installation rate is said to be around 23 chargers per day.
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