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Osprey Charging has announced plans to install over 150 high-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging hubs across the UK by 2025. A total of 1,500 150-175KW rapid chargers will be installed across the sites, to encourage motorists to switch to electric cars ahead of the 2030 ban on new petrol and diesel cars.

The £75 million rollout, from one of the UK’s largest public rapid EV charging networks, will see new charger optimisation technology deployed publicly for the first time in the UK.

The new charging technology, supplied by Finland’s Kempower, enables more locations to host multiple rapid chargers on a single site without compromising on charging power or requiring expensive grid connections. Kempower chargers work together to optimise charging across multiple vehicles when more than one EV is plugged in at the same charging hub.

They allow power to be distributed based on demand, which varies significantly between individual vehicles due to the maximum charging rate of each model and its battery percentage at the point of charge.

The Kempower technology will complement the Tritium charging hardware, also being deployed on new sites by Osprey.

Ian Johnston, CEO of Osprey Charging, says: “The EV market is booming, with sales up over 117% year-on-year and EV adoption continuing to grow exponentially. In less than nine years’ time, buying a new petrol or diesel car will be impossible, so it’s crucial that public charging infrastructure stays ahead of the curve.”

He adds: “Through this rollout we will make charging anxiety a thing of the past. High-powered, multi-charger hubs will herald a new era of public EV charging – enabling mass EV adoption and a clean transport revolution. Our rollout of hubs across the country’s major transport routes will ensure drivers are supported with convenient, reliable, on-the-go charging, delivering the best possible consumer experience for UK motorists.”

Tomi Ristimäki, CEO of Kempower, comments: “We are extremely happy to launch Kempower EV charging solutions with Osprey Charging – a frontrunner in deploying EV charging technology and developing customer experience. The UK is one of Europe’s fastest-growing EV markets and we have the technology and expertise to accelerate this shift. The modularity of Kempower products ensures they have a small footprint, allowing our customers to make use of limited space in densely populated cities and choose solutions that drive meaningful electrification.”

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Osprey Charging Network is a UK-wide, rapid electric vehicle charging network.

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