Pay-as-you-go electric vehicle charge points are to be installed at 19 Roadchef service stations across the UK's motorway network

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.

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5 June 2012

Unless there is a real breakthrough in battery technology (which is unlikely), then pure electric cars will forever limited to local running within say a 50 mile radius.  If there is a possibility of recharging on motorways, then just what is the motorist supposed to do for an hour or two while his or her car is recharged?

Just imagine undertaking a long journey where several lengthy stops are needed en route to maintain battery charge. I for one would rather get on a train and hire a car (possibly an electric one) at my destination.

5 June 2012

You say it's unlikely there'll be a "real breakthrough in battery technology" - why? Given that there's already talk of graphene potentially boosting the capacity of lithium-ion batteries by a factor of 10, I'd say there's still some way to go yet. Look at long it took for internal combustion engines to reach their current level...

5 June 2012

I can see an electric car having to pull into each service station as it makes it way around the country, adding 30 minutes to the journey each time. And imagine the frustration of just making it to the next service hoping for a quick top up only to find another electric car already plugged in so you have to queue for an extra 30 minutes! (not very likely i realise with the few electric cars on the road)

In all honesty i cant see this making any difference to running an electric car, if you cant get to and from your destination without a recharge surely people will just take a real car instead.

I guess this might just be popular with drivers of a Volt or Ampera though, its probably a little cheaper than petrol, although not when you factor in the coffee you will have whilst its charging

6 June 2012

I once held such obstinate opinions on the future of electric cars, till I did my own research and found out that there is a myriad of yet to be commercialised technologies that is set to revolutionalise the industry. Once rolled out, these advanced batteries will be able to take less than 15 minutes to charge and hold over five times the current power densities per mass.  The future is already here.

6 June 2012

Cosidering Clackett lane services were voted the worst service area in the country I am sure this will be a crowd puller .  

6 June 2012

It does seem a little pointless for the moment, If you had an EV you're unlikely to take it on the motorway network for an extended journey with current ranges available, but I suppose it could help the odd stranded driver, and could also be useful as somewhere that the car could be recovered to by the AA / RAC etc.

7 June 2012

Living in the U.S., in the Los Angeles area, I drive over 2,000 miles per month in my Nissan LEAF.  I have access to just one fast charger.  That is what can be done with just one fast charger.  Just like with a gasoline car, an ev (electric vehicle) is limited by proximity to a fueling station.  If DC fast chargers where at every gasoline station, then I think that there wouldn't be much of a discussion on ev range.

Engenie is on the right track.  For most people, a charging every night at home is more than enough range.  The DC fast charger is for the unusal, but necessary, 50+ mile one-way trip and Engenie is going to make money.

21 February 2013

That seems great innovation of now a days as it meets the requirment of energy deficiency and can be affordable in this economical conditions.

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