Cairn Lodge Services “Leads the Charge” with the UK’s first Public Hydrogen Powered Electric Car Charging Points

Cairn Lodge Services “Leads the Charge” with the UK’s first Public Hydrogen Powered Electric Car Charging Points

Cairn Lodge Services, part of the Westmorland Family, on the M74 in Lanarkshire, is proud to announce the launch of its cutting-edge electric vehicle (EV) charging facility powered by hydrogen. This marks the first-of-its-kind deployment of a hydrogen-powered generator connected to EV chargers at a UK service station to accelerate the rollout of EV charging infrastructure.

Cairn Lodge Services, a family-run motorway services business renowned for its commitment to quality service and sustainability, has taken a proactive step to bridge the energy grid gap by using hydrogen power.

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From left Caroline Leigh, Property Director at Westmorland, Anne Buckingham Managing Director SIS, part of SWARCO Smart Charging and Matt Barney, Business Development Manager GeoPura.

Westmorland have partnered with GeoPura to connect its HPU, fuelled by green hydrogen, to Westmorland EV Chargers, provided by SWARCO Smart Charging.  The GeoPura HPU supplements the current grid supply and provide suitable electricity for EV charging at the service station.

Nabil Subuh, CEO of Westmorland Family said, “Cairn Lodge Services is excited to offer the first hydrogen powered EV chargers on the UK motorway network. The rapid growth of the EV market has underscored the pressing need for accessible and reliable charging facilities.

“As EV adoption soars, the pressure on the electrical grid has become increasingly evident, leaving businesses like Westmorland to look for creative, sustainable alternatives until there is sufficient grid capacity.  We want to be at the forefront of this sustainable and eco-friendly EV charging revolution, providing a convenient, green charging to our customers.”

“To the customer, the charging experience is no different to a grid connected charger, and by utilising this new technology we can provide much needed EV charging facilities sooner, meeting the growing demand without having a negative impact on the environment.”

From 12th of December EV drivers visiting Cairn Lodge Services will have access to 6 ultra-rapid Westmorland EV chargers from SWARCO Smart Charging powered by green hydrogen until a suitable electrical grid connection is established.

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This innovative solution offers seamless scalability for off-grid EV charging in various applications, even in areas where grid upgrades are delayed or not feasible.

By incorporating the GeoPura HPUs Cairn Lodge Services is overcoming electrical grid capacity restraints and avoiding delays to the opening of its EV charging facilities. It will now be able to meet the demands of the holiday season and the expected surge in EV charging requests throughout the Christmas period.

Andrew Cunningham, CEO of GeoPura, added: “If we can charge our EVs from the grid, where in the UK 50% of the energy is renewable, that is by far the best option. However our existing distribution grid wasn’t designed to provide the energy required for an electrified transportation network. This means that many locations where we need to charge our cars don’t have sufficient power available to give the service that their owners require.

“Westmorland Family are to be congratulated for seeking innovative solutions to this challenge and implementing a combination of battery and renewable hydrogen fuel to enable them to augment their electricity grid connection and provide all the power their customers need during peak times.

“GeoPura’s HPU EV charging solution presents a game-changing approach to maximise electrical grid capacity and ensure seamless and sustainable charging for EVs, today!”

The GeoPura HPU harnesses the power of hydrogen to generate electricity, offering a clean and efficient alternative to traditional diesel generators to provide off-grid and supplementary power for EV charging. GeoPura units utilise a fuel cell system that converts hydrogen gas into electricity, emitting only water as a by-product.

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Anne Buckingham Managing Director SIS, part of SWARCO Smart Charging, says securing power from the grid has become an ongoing issue for businesses committed to decarbonising transport: “It is a challenge we see across many of our EV charging projects, so we are delighted to collaborate on this innovative project. The introduction of hydrogen power is a novel solution to accelerating the roll-out of EV charging infrastructure until the distribution of electricity can catch up with the demand from new EV charging sites.”

The Cairn Lodge Services, GeoPura and SWARCO partnership sets a precedent for the future of EV charging infrastructure, offering a practical and sustainable solution to challenges posed by the rapid growth of the EV market.


Picture caption: photos show from left, Caroline Leigh, Property Director at Westmorland with first Hydrogen Charge, second photo: from left Caroline Leigh, Property Director at Westmorland,   Anne Buckingham Managing Director SIS, part of SWARCO Smart Charging and Matt Barney, Business Development Manager Geo Pura.

Cairn Lodge Services and GeoPura invite media representatives to visit the service station in the Scottish Borders to witness this groundbreaking deployment and interview key stakeholders about the future of sustainable EV charging.

For media inquiries and interviews, please contact:


Tiffany Scott

Marketing Director

Mob: +44 7442 619975

Westmorland Family:

Jennifer Middleton

Lemon Zest

Mob: +44 7708155501


The Challenge of Electrical Grid Capacity for EV Charging:

The rapid growth of the electric vehicle (EV) market has highlighted the urgent need for widespread EV charging facilities. As more people switch to EVs, the pressure on the electrical grid will only increase. Local authorities are confronted with the challenge of ensuring sufficient grid capacity to support the growing demand for charging infrastructure.

An independent report from RECHARGE UK estimates that by 2050, charging demand will nearly triple for public charging from 10.9TWh to 29.8TWh. Published on 20 July, the report warns that to-date the charge point rollout has been uneven, with gaps in rural areas. Major grid capacity increases are required, especially in the Southeast, East and North West of England. The report recommends local authorities urgently develop EV infrastructure plans to co-ordinate grid upgrades and suggests that solutions like pop-up charging hubs can plug gaps.

About Cairn Lodge Services:

Cairn Lodge Services was built in the early 1990’s by entrepreneurs John and Aileen MacInnes. The services are built next to Cairn Lodge, the eighteenth-century gatehouse of the now derelict Douglas Castle. Cairn Lodge became part of the Westmorland Family in 2014 and shares the same principles of proper food which bind all their businesses, working with over 50 producers in Scotland.

Westmorland started their business from their family’s hill farm in 1972, when they opened Tebay Services. Today they run Tebay, Gloucester and Cairn Lodge services, which celebrate food, craft and the people and landscapes that produce them.   

About GeoPura HPU EV Charging:

GeoPura offers a groundbreaking solution for off-grid EV charging, utilising hydrogen power to ensure reliable and sustainable charging infrastructure. GeoPura’s HPU enables seamless scalability, zero emissions, and a significant step toward achieving net-zero ambitions.

GeoPura’s HPU provides large-scale, reliable energy wherever and whenever the grid cannot support. Each unit delivers 250kVA of standard three-phase, 400V critical electrical power, backed up by an integral 260kWh battery system. The unit can operate entirely off grid or can be synced with the grid supply available to boost the supply, providing the required power for charging.

Installed on a permanent or temporary basis, the charging configuration can be tailored to meet local needs, and each unit can run multiple charging posts, operating 24/7 to provide quick and sustainable EV charging.

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About SWARCO Smart Charging Ltd 

SWARCO Smart Charging is committed to supporting the uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles. It provides electric vehicle charging infrastructure and the systems, and services to support them, and has more than 12,000 charging points installed across the UK with an uptime of 99.1%. SWARCO Smart Charging is part of SWARCO – an international group providing the complete range of products, systems, services and solutions for road safety and intelligent traffic management to support the mobility needs of society and lower transport-related emissions.  

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