A network of rapid charging points that can recharge an electric car in around 15 minutes are to be installed in motorway service stations around the country. Manufacturers now hope that with a network of charging points in motorway service stations, it will allow owners to make longer journeys and help electric cars become more mainstream on the roads across the UK.
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.” Ecotricity 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 while on long journeys.
Mr Vince also added that by allowing owners to make longer journeys, it could help to make the electric car a more practical option. He 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 by putting charge points in motorway service stations it means that people will be able to make longer journeys if they want to.”