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Osprey Charging set to establish largest EV charging hub in Scotland

Previous Osprey EV Charging Hub built in Buckfastleigh

Osprey Charging has secured a freehold site in Paisley, Glasgow, for what will be the largest ultra-rapid EV charging hub in Scotland. 

The company confirmed that construction is expected to begin in the summer, with the hub slated to open at the beginning of 2025.

The planned facility will feature 16 ultra-rapid chargers and is strategically positioned opposite the Phoenix Retail Park on the A737, a short distance from the M8 motorway and Glasgow Airport. This new development aligns with Osprey’s ongoing efforts to enhance the availability of convenient and reliable public EV charging across the UK, but will also help the UK Government towards its goal of rolling out more EV chargers, after it missed its rapid charging target earlier this year. 

The Paisley hub represents Osprey’s largest venture in Scotland and follows the company’s purchase of another freehold site in Devon last year. According to Osprey, ownership of the land will allow for greater design flexibility of the charging hub. 

Ian Johnston, CEO of Osprey Charging, commented, “We’re hugely excited to have completed the purchase of the land for our forthcoming 16-charger ultra-rapid hub in Paisley, which marks our second freehold site in the UK. The purchase of freehold sites is an important strategy for Osprey, as it enables us to build larger public charging locations with greater flexibility over their design. This hub will be crucial in supporting the uptake of EVs in Scotland as well as in meeting growing demand for reliable, accessible and high-quality EV charging across the UK.”

“In 2024, we have successfully delivered nine high-powered hubs across various UK locations, and the new Paisley hub opposite the Phoenix Retail Park will be another significant milestone in our rapidly expanding network. As the year progresses, our goal is to complete 30 hubs, which will be a monumental stride not only in the advancement of our network but also in fortifying the broader public EV charging infrastructure.”

The new Paisley hub will also benefit from its proximity to local amenities including the Showcase Cinema and McDonald’s drive-thru, which will be key for drivers who now expect facilities at their charging stops. This is one of the key reasons there has been a debate brewing as to whether rapid charging should be the focus, or destination charging, a debate that was recently had at Powered On Live 2024

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