Electric Vehicle chargers planned for HGVs

Posted on 18 March 2024

Ashford International Truckstop is set to have a fleet of electric vehicle chargers installed, specifically designed for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs).

Ashford International Truck Stop is one of the largest in Europe and its proximity to Dover and the Eurotunnel sees 3.5 million Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) cross the English Channel annually.

The site has is expected to host 20 mega-watt chargers supplied by pulse (bp’s electric vehicle charging brand) which can fully charge a HGV in up to 45 minutes.

The infrastructure is expected to be in place from 2026 and will contribute towards the global ambition of having more than 100,000 charge points installed worldwide by 2030 focused on rapid and ultra-fast charging.

“We are thrilled to have secured the land to a crucial site near Dover as we strive to meet the evolving needs of HGV operators transitioning to EVs.,”

Stefan von Dobschuetz, General Manager, bp pulse Europe

Stefan continues: “Now we need to unlock the EV charging potential at this site. We look forward to working with national energy infrastructure partners to facilitate timely power connections for our ambitious project.”

Ashford International Truckstop is currently owned by the GSE Group and offers 660 parking bays and convenience services for HGV drivers.

The investment links into Ashford Borough Council’s Corporate Plan to be a Green Pioneer, with an aim to become carbon neutral by 2030.