Multi-Site EV Charging Rollout Support – National Highways

End User National Highways
Industry Transport
Location Nationwide, UK
Assets on site Podium EMS / Wattstor BESS / EV Charging
Battery (BESS) 1,000kW/2,000kWh
Time of delivery 7 months

Overcoming grid constraints to deliver EV charging across 200 sites in the UK

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The National Highways EV Project Challenge

National Highways own and operate over 200 motorway service stations across the country. They have begun to upgrade and install rapid EV charging stations, with the aim of providing ~1MW of EV charging on each site.

Motorway service stations set up in the 1970s did not have such a large and highly variable electricity load in mind. Grid upgrades are expensive and unavailable at those sites for another seven years. The amount of electricty they can reliably access from the grid is limited, yet so too is the land available for solar PV installation. If National Highways can’t make full use of all potential solar capacity and gain access to unused grid capacity when onsite demand is low, they can’t install enough high powered EV chargers to make the project viable.EV charging - National Highways diagram

The Solution

At each service station, we are supplying a containerised battery storage system, together with our dynamic energy management platform – Podium. This monitors the whole flow of energy to the site, and solar availability, charging the batteries during low demand periods and charging cars when people need to plug them in.

If too many people need to power up at the same time, our system dynamically modulates and controls the chargers to ration the energy in those very peak periods.

This dynamic approach to energy use and storage helps to make full use of any onsite solar capacity while staying within the limits set by the original grid connection.

The Results

We are rolling out containerized solutions across multiple sites in 2023, with more planned in 2024. Each site installation brings its own learning into the team and helps the next location and deployment run smoother over time.

National Highways containerised solution

National Highways EV Project


total inverter capacity

> 12 MWh

Total battery capacity

7 x 900kW


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