Work has started to install the first network of rapid charging points for electric vehicles across Britain’s motorway network.
The charge points, which will allow drivers to fully recharge their EV's depleted battery in 30 minutes, are being rolled out at 19 Roadchef motorway service areas. The number of points at each location will be dependent on demand. The first point was switched on at Clacket Lane services on the M25 last month.
The network is run by charge point operator Engenie. Company boss Jeremy Littman said: “We are convinced that this will be one of the turning points which allows electric car ownership to go from a niche concern to a compromise-free alternative to petrol."
The system will be pay-as-you-go, as opposed to subscription-based, and cost will depend on how much charge is needed. To fully charge a Nissan Leaf would cost about £5.