A network of rapid charging points for electric cars are to be installed in motorway service stations around the country (Telegraph).
The charging points – where an electric car can be recharged in 15 minutes – could be the catalyst for electric cars to break out of the cities and onto the open road, suggests the Telegraph.
Conventional charging points usually take several hours to provide enough power and with a range of around 100 miles electric cars are more commonly used for short journeys in towns and cities.
But manufacturers hope that a network of charging points in motorway service stations will allow owners to make longer journeys and help electric cars become more mainstream on Britain’s roads, says the Telegraph.
Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity, the company installing the new charge points, said: “The super-chargers we are installing can recharge a car in the time it takes to have a cup of tea in a service station.”
They plan to install charging stations at every motorway service station in the country to allow electric car owners to ‘fill up’ their vehicles just as they would a petrol car.
However, a recent report by the Transport Committee warned that provision of charging points may not stimulate demand for plug in vehicles.
But Mr Vince said: “We don’t believe putting charging points in towns and cities is the right approach as that is not where people will need them as they are close to their homes.
“Most car journeys are not more than 20 miles, but putting charge points in motorway service stations means that people will be able to make longer journeys if they want to.”
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