120 jobs created as Moto opens flagship £40m EV charging motorway service area

Moto is set to open its flagship electric vehicle charging motorway service area in Rugby following a £40m site investment creating 120 jobs.

Originally due to open in July 2020, but delayed due to COVID-19, the new service area opens on Friday (April 30) as lockdown restrictions are eased.

Located at Junction 1 of the M6 it will feature 24 ultra-rapid electric vehicle charging points, 12 Tesla & 12 Electric Highway, making it the largest ultra-rapid charging site on the motorway.

The chargers will have the capability to add up to 100 miles of range in less than five minutes.

Ken McMeikan, chief executive of Moto, said: “We are delighted to finally be opening our newest Motorway Service Area. At Moto we are committed to sustainable motoring and the part we can play in giving motorists the confidence to switch to electric vehicles over the coming years.

“Investing £40m in our new MSA at Rugby at a time when COVID-19 has massively impacted hospitality and retail businesses across the UK is testament to the confidence we have in the UK’s ability to bounce back from the coronavirus crisis which has affected all of our lives.

“We listened to our customers and have tried to create the experience they want, with indoor and outdoor play areas for children, baby changing facilities, a multi-faith prayer room, dedicated ‘Changing Places’ toilet facilities, dog walking area, and many of the best food and drink brand outlets from the UK and globally.

“HGV drivers have been among the unsung heroes of COVID-19 moving vital food, medicines, and equipment across the UK. The new Rugby site has parking spaces for 100 Heavy Goods Vehicles and we hope HGV drivers will be delighted with the new facilities provided specifically for them.”

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