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RAW Charging launches ultra rapid Charging Hub at two sites for UK Commercial Property REIT

RAW Charging, the go-to electric vehicle chargepoint operator for the hospitality, leisure and retail sectors, is pleased to announce the successful installation and electrification of two sites owned by UK Commercial Property REIT, which is advised by abrdn.


  • A mix of 28 new rapid and ultra-rapid EV charging bays installed across two well located retail locations.

  • Installation and electrification of RAW’s largest Rapid EV Charging Hub to date at Junction27 Retail Park, located at junction 27 of the M62 in Batley, West Yorkshire.
    • Site contains 10 charging bays with ultra rapid DC 300kW EV chargers and 6 charging bays with 22kW EV chargers.

  • St George’s Shopping Park, Leicester, off the A594 and A47 to be opened on Friday 22 December.
    • Site contains 8 charging bays with ultra rapid 300kW EV chargers and 4 charging bays with 150kW ultra rapid EV chargers.

  • Free charging to be offered at both sites for their inaugural week for all EV drivers.

  • Launch of new sites builds on RAW’s Rapid Hub strategy which includes sites in Slough, Bishop Auckland and Croydon.

Junction27 Retail Park, Batley

Junction27 Retail Park is conveniently located at junction 27 of the M62 in Batley, West Yorkshire making it the perfect destination for those who need to charge their vehicle. The shopping centre which is centrally located between Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield and Wakefield is home to a top brands including Currys, IKEA, Barker & Stonehouse, Furniture Village and Pizza Express.

Free charging will begin at 12:01am on Thursday 14 December and normal fees will resume at 23:59 on Wednesday 20 December.

St George’s Shopping Park, Leicester

St George’s Shopping Park, is a thriving shopping destination in the heart of Leicester. The site is conveniently located for the local community and contains some of the leading brands in UK retail including an Aldi, Costa and Dreams.

Free charging will begin at 12:01am on Friday 22 December and normal fees will resume at 23:59 on Thursday 28 December.


RAW’s Rapid Hub Strategy

The Rapid Hub facilities are designed to deliver ultra rapid EV charging to EV drivers. In England, over 60% of dwellings in cities and urban areas do not have garages or other off-road parking provisions, and so must rely on electricity from publicly accessible networks.

The initiative aims to support UK Commercial Property REIT’s and abrdn’s commitments to reducing emissions, and with the UK committing to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2035 the initiative would also contribute to much-needed electric charging infrastructure.

RAW is the go-to provider for destination charging for the hospitality, leisure, and retail sectors, partnered with a range of organisations such as McArthurGlen Designer Outlets, Merlin Entertainments, National Trust, and Greene King.

RAW also works with commercial property owners to develop brownfield land into EV Rapid Hubs. RAW currently operates Rapid Hubs throughout the UK including sites in Slough, Bishop Auckland and Croydon.


Jason Simpson, CEO, RAW Charging, said:

“We are delighted to have worked with the UK Commercial Property REIT team at abrdn to bring much needed charging to these two fantastic sites in Yorkshire and Leicester. We think it is only fitting to celebrate by offering free charging for a week, especially over the Christmas period, allowing shoppers to do last minute Christmas shopping and go to the boxing day sales all whilst charging for free. Both retail parks offer a range of shops and restaurants, making them the perfect locations for us to work with the landlord’s advisor, abrdn, to install our chargers, allowing customers to charge whilst they enjoy the range of facilities. Rapid Hubs form an important part of our strategy and we offer a turnkey solution to all asset owners that are looking to install EV chargers on their land.”


Will Fulton, Fund Manager at abrdn, said:

 “One of our key goals for the UK Commercial Property REIT portfolio is to ensure that our assets provide the best possible service to customers and other stakeholders, and that they help create a sustainable future in line with our net zero ambitions.  Working with RAW to install much needed charging facilities at these two well located and popular retail parks helps us achieve both those goals and we will continue to work with best in class EV operators, such as RAW Charging, to deliver on our ambitions.”