A new GRIDSERVE Electric Retail Hub has opened at the farm shop, TEALS. Located on the A303, the new charging hub will serve shoppers, the local community and those travelling on the scenic routes through Somerset.

The Electric Retail Hub has ten charging bays served by five charging Medium Power (up to 180kW) units. To make it as easy as possible for customers to charge their EVs, the GRIDSERVE Electric Retail Hub has both CCS and CHAdeMO connectors, accepts contactless payment and provides real-time status updates to a myriad of popular EV charging maps.

Electric Retail Hubs are a vital solution to support the growing number of electric vehicles on the roads. A million EVs have now been sold in the UK, showing the need for widespread reliable charging. For GRIDSERVE, Electric Retail Hubs work alongside Electric Super Hubs, for those who need High Power charging on the UK’s motorways as well as Electric Forecourts®, which offer an EV experience for the local community.

Rebecca Trebble, Chief Customer Experience Officer, said: “We're delighted to welcome TEALS onto the GRIDSERVE Electric Highway as our latest Electric Retail Hub with electric car drivers able to charge while visiting the farm shop. It's the perfect location to supplement our existing electric vehicle charging on the busy A303 for those travelling to the South West.”

TEALS is a farm-shop in Somerset near Wincanton. It comprises of a food-market crammed full of local products that you would not find in a supermarket, plus a butcher, cheese counter, deli, bottle-shop, milk machine, food-to-go, bookshop, lifestyle and gifting section. There is an on-site restaurant serving breakfast and lunch every day.

Ash Sinfield, Founder of TEALS, said: “We are excited to now have ten GRIDSERVE charging bays onsite for our guests to charge their vehicles while they are with us. At TEALS, we can offer a different sort of charging experience, weather it involves taking your dog and kids for a leg stretch around the dog jog or sampling a meal in our restaurant, you can expect to spend your time doing something joyful while you are with us.”

GRIDSERVE’s Electric Highway now has over 190 locations with over 1,400 charging bays, including over 100 charging bays so far this year.