100 miles in 10 minutes: new ultra-fast EV chargers arrive in UK

EON Ultra-fast chargers in Birmingham

In a boost to electric car owners, E.ON has switched on its first ultra-fast electric vehicle charging points in the UK.

The pair of 175kW charge points are located on the site of the former Armada public house, just off the M6 on the outskirts of Birmingham.

Ultra-fast charging delivers up to 100 miles of electric car range in just 10 minutes.

They support both CCS and CHAdeMO connectors, making them suitable for the vast majority of electric vehicles in the UK. They’re the first of 180 ultra-fast chargers promised by the firm by 2020.

To use the charging points, customers have the option of paying by contactless or their smartphone, using the E.ON Drive app, or logging on to the E.ON EV Pay website for pay-as-you-go access.

E.ON ultra-fast charging in Birmingham

‘Landmark year’

Michael Lewis, chief executive of E.ON UK, said: “These new ultra-fast chargers are our first of their type in the UK and will give further support to the growing number of drivers moving away from fossil fuels towards electric vehicles.

“Whether it’s at home, at work, or out and about we’re developing the solutions to help drivers run their vehicles conveniently and with confidence.”

EON first ultra-fast chargers in UK

Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, added: “This announcement is the latest development in what has been a landmark year for the UK’s charging infrastructure

“With the UK already being home to one of Europe’s largest rapid charging networks, and a steady increase of charge points across both rural and urban locations, these additions from E.ON will now make it even easier for electric motorists to charge up on the go.”

BP Chargemaster unveiled its first 150kW ultra-fast electric charging point at the Fully Charged Live Show at Silverstone in June. The target is to have 100 units live at 50 BP forecourts by the end of the year.

Click here for a guide to electric car charging points.