Osprey Charging has accelerated its plans to install a major network of electric vehicle rapid charge points, installing as many rapid chargers in the first quarter of 2023 as it did in the whole of 2022.
Osprey opened 142 new rapid EV charging stations in the January-March period, with a further 50 chargers being installed and made live in April.
Osprey is now the fourth-largest rapid UK charging network, with 536 rapid chargers nationwide, and expects to continue roll-out at pace to reach more than 1,000 live by the end of 2023.
Osprey Charging Network CEO Ian Johnston said: “The deployment of Osprey’s national infrastructure of EV charging stations is at full speed. We are set to continue this pace of roll-out and deliver on our business plan of achieving four times as many chargers in 2023 than we did in 2022.”
He continued: “Now that we have established a broad network our focus is to continue to expand but also provide a high quality of experience for EV drivers all over the country. Over the next two years we will invest over £100 million expanding our nationwide public charging network.”
“We look forward to working with our partners to help bring this strategy to life, delivering our strong development pipeline of sites with a breadth of landlords, as well as on our own land.”
Osprey is focusing on charger hubs with at least four charge points, which can maximise availability and speed. The network’s load-balancing hubs, first introduced to the UK in 2021, dynamically distribute available power in real time to cars as they need it, which means more charge points can be installed on a smaller grid connection than a traditional set up and no power is wasted.
Osprey focusses on ease of use and payment and accessible site design to create a worry-free experience for those drivers using the public charging network for the first time, or with access requirements. Its charging stations are open to all drivers, and accept all the major EV roaming solutions for fleet and commercial drivers.
Its charging locations are consistently scored highly for safety and accessibility by independent inspection body ChargeSafe, and Osprey Charging Network is in the Top 3 UK Chargepoint Network Operators for both personal safety and accessibility. Every Osprey charging point is also powered by 100% renewable electricity.