EV chargers appear at motorway services

July 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Welcome Break motorway service stations in the UK are to get fast-charging points for EVs: the first, at South Mimms, opened this week and there’ll be 11 more by September; all 27 locations will be equipped within 18 months with free-to-use standard chargers for overnight use (for guests at the motels) plus fast-chargers giving a full charge in two hours or an 80% top-up in 20 minutes. Even better, the power supplied will be wind or solar energy from Ecotricity; Ecotricity’s Dale Vince sees this as the launch of an Electric Highway – full essay at his ZeroCarbonista blog. EV owners will need to register with Ecotricity for a free swipecard to use the facilities. Detailed lowdown in the press release.

  • In other news today: Nissan is to build an EV in China to market in partnership with domestic car-maker Dongfeng. It’s scheduled for 2015. CEO Carlos Ghosn said yesterday: “We see a clear need for cars that are affordable, practical, spacious and zero-emissions… We are ready to produce electric cars locally in China under the Venucia brand.”
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