More than 100 jobs created at UK's first electric vehicle motorway services in Rugby

A new service station on the M6 will be opening its doors on April 30 creating more than 100 jobs for the region. Located at Junction 1 for Rugby, the services are the UK’s flagship electric vehicle charging motorway services, offering 24 rapid-charging points. Ran by Moto, the points will allow for vehicles to gain 100 miles of charge in less than five minutes.

As well as charging, the services offer motorists access to some of the top eateries and stores, including Marks & Spencer, Greggs, Costa Coffee, KFC, Pret a Manger, Burger King, WHSmith and BP – so electric car owners will have plenty to keep them occupied while they wait for their vehicles to charge. Moto also says there will be upgraded wifi, contactless charge points and seating booths, making it ideal for work meet-ups. The build will create 120 jobs and cost investment of GBP40 million.

Currently there are jobs advertised for retail assistants and team members.

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 GBP40m 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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