As published in Property Week on 27 April 2022.


Growth of EVs and the need for more charging points have reportedly boosted the roadside sector.

Daniel Cook, head of Rapleys Automotive & Roadside team at Rapleys explains how the smaller players in the fuel sector will struggle with the high setup cost and relatively low margins.

“Availability of locations and availability of power are the biggest problems. We have seen quotes north of £2m to connect 12 charging points recently,” remarks Cook.

Size does matter – Mark Frostick, Senior Associate reports “Forecourts have generally been getting larger, and almost any new site being constructed is going to be offering a full C-store with food-to-go offers,”

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