A new 683-mile electric vehicle charging network has been completed in the UK, bringing rapid-charging stations within easy reach of more drivers.
The network, installed by Rapid Charge Network, consists of 74 rapid charging points, which are capable of charging a vehicle’s battery to 80% of capacity in 30 minutes.
The network has been designed to give drivers of electric vehicles more freedom, making long-distance journeys easier. The charging points are also situated around busy transport hubs, enabling EV drivers to cross UK borders.
According to research conducted by Newcastle University, 72% of EV drivers would use rapid chargers. The network covers from Stranraer in Scotland, to Suffolk in the east of England, Hull in Yorkshire to Holyhead in northwest Wales, and connects to Belfast in Northern Ireland and Dublin in the Republic of Ireland.
Renault's electric vehicle product manager, Ben Fletcher, said: “Electric vehicle sales are rising strongly as both vehicle technologies and the nationwide charging infrastructure take major strides forward. Investments such as the Rapid Charge Network are vital for maintaining the momentum and encouraging more motorists to go electric.”
A spokesperson from Volkswagen UK said: “We and our electric vehicle customers will welcome the development of a network of multi-standard charge points. Each charge point on the network is compatible with all standard EVs on sale today, taking away the element of confusion for drivers and providing reassurance that they can rapid charge regardless of make or model.”