No more ‘range anxiety’ with motorway charging points for electric cars

Charging points for electric cars have been installed on major UK motorways, enabling drivers to travel between Bristol, London and Birmingham without fear of running out of green juice. Dale […]

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By Tom Gibson

Charging points for electric cars have been installed on major UK motorways, enabling drivers to travel between Bristol, London and Birmingham without fear of running out of green juice.

Dale Vince OBE, founder of the green energy company responsible for the charging points, Ecotricity, said: “We’re creating the infrastructure to get Britain’s electric car revolution moving.”

The Electric Highway now has charging points at Welcome Break services on the M25/M1, M40, M4, M42 and the M5.

Mr Vince said Ecotricity has removed a barrier to the electric vehicle market: “It’s often said that one of the reasons more people don’t buy electric cars is because of a lack of charging facilities – while the reason more charging facilities aren’t built is because not enough people are buying electric cars – classic chicken and egg stuff. We’re hoping to break that impasse.”

Electric cars using rapid recharge points (32A supply) can top-up in just 20 minutes or fully charge in two hours, while those using slower 13A supply will be able to recharge fully if staying overnight at motorway service hotels. There are around 400 charging points in cities around the UK, with a concentration of around 250 in London.

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