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Electric/Hybrid – Osprey Charging opens largest EV charging hub in South West England

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The main 1.6 acre site is open and ready to accommodate the high seasonal traffic expected in Devon this summer. In addition, it will provide local residents, businesses and visitors with a reliable EV infrastructure, helping to improve air quality, reducing noise pollution and supporting local decarbonisation efforts.

Salmon’s Leap is Osprey’s first land acquisition. The car park has been redesigned specifically for EV loading: there are two extra-long bays for towed vehicles, extra-wide bays for full access for people with disabilities, and all bays are laid out in a unique Osprey format that maximizes space and ease of charger-use, so that the hub serves all types of vehicles and drivers.

A Strawberry Fields farm shop will soon open on site, offering a range of their own homegrown and grown produce and many of their own bakery items and fresh ready meals. This will be held alongside a coffee shop with plenty of their homemade ‘food to go’ options.

The site is easily accessible from both the A38 motorways to Plymouth and Exeter, and is the perfect place to charge an EV while on a tour break or visiting the farm shop. A planning application is under way for a canopy like service station, to further enhance the site.

The hub’s 16 high-power charging points are compatible with all fast-charging vehicles on the market. Each is capable of charging 300kW on vehicles capable of accepting this high power, without wasting any power on lower capacity cars thanks to the latest innovative load balancing technology. This means the hub’s customers can add 100 miles of range in 15-25 minutes.

“I am extremely proud of what we have created at Salmon’s Leap” said Ian Johnston, CEO of Osprey Charging. “We bought the land so we were able to precisely design the space and install hardware that maximizes the availability and ease of chargers for all types of vehicles and drivers. Our largest site yet, it’s a significant milestone for the Osprey team as we work hard to ensure our nationwide infrastructure deployment of EV fast charging stations continues at an unprecedented pace .”

Osprey installed as many chargers in the first quarter of this year as it did in all of 2022. From January to March this year, 142 Osprey EV fast charging stations went live in 10 weeks, which is the number of charging points installed during 2022. .

EV adoption continues to increase across the country – over one fifth of new vehicles registered so far in 2023 in the UK will be electric vehicles. Ahead of the 2030 ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles, more and more UK drivers are looking to public EV charging as standard.

Osprey remains committed to providing safe, reliable and accessible EV charging for everyone. The network is consistently ranked in the UK’s top 3 fast networks for customer satisfaction by Zap-Map and its hubs consistently score highly for safety and accessibility by independent inspection company ChargeSafe.

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