Unveiled at the UK’s low-carbon show LCV2015, by Anna Soubry, Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise, the Ultracharger promises to revolutionise electric vehicle charging.

Manufactured at the company’s plant in Luton, Bedfordshire, it is the only rapid charger to be designed and built in the UK. Chargemaster expects to build 1,000 units in its first full year and will be exporting globally, with an initial focus on Europe.

Measuring 120cm(H) x 60cm(W) x 60cm(D), the Ultracharger is considerably smaller and lighter than previous rapid chargers on the market, meaning it does not need planning permission to be installed in many instances.

Electric vehicle owners will not only be able to access the Ultracharger via an RFID membership card, but also a contactless debit or credit card. It can also be controlled using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR), meaning that on recognising a vehicle’s number plate, it will authorise the user and automatically start charging.

Owners will also receive a text message to inform them when charge has reached a pre-set level. The Ultracharger offers three cables making it compatible with all EVs on the market that charge up to 50kW units. The design-focused unit is not only aesthetically improved on previous rapid chargers but also has cable retraction, removing untidy cables from view when not in use.

Chargemaster CEO David Martell commented: “We’ve always been at the forefront of electric vehicle charging, and we’re proud to unveil the Ultracharger, which takes the industry a massive step forward in terms of modernisation.

Business Minister Soubry said: “Research and development is vital to the long-term productivity and growth of our successful automotive industry, and will help companies secure a big share of growing international markets like low carbon and electric vehicles.”