Nissan and Ecotricity expand UK electric vehicle charging network

Nissan and green energy company Ecotricity have together installed 13 new electric vehicle (EV) rapid chargers, increasing the total number of chargers in the UK to 97.

Installed at Welcome Break service stations across the country, the 13 rapid chargers represent the latest phase of work completed by Nissan and Ecotricity to expand the rapid charging network on the UK’s motorways.

Under the partnership, there are now 16 rapid chargers available at Welcome Break sites on the motorway, with plans to install at the majority of the chain’s sites by April 2014.

The chargers form the UK’s first publicly accessible rapid charging network on the motorway and are capable of ‘refuelling’ an all-electric Nissan LEAF from 0 to 80% battery capacity in 30 minutes.

Managing director of Nissan GB, Jim Wright, said the installation of a rapid charging network on the motorway opens up EV ownership to thousands more motorists.

He added that the “UK’s charging landscape is improving daily”, and as “the main power source driving the development of infrastructure” this will ultimately provide further flexibility and peace of mind to the company’s EV drivers.

Ecotricity founder, Dale Vince added: “The main barrier in people’s mind to the take up of electric cars is their travel range and charging times.

“Really these issues are one and the same. Concern over the distance that an electric car will travel on a single charge, called range anxiety, can be overcome if you have the right charging infrastructure in the right locations – to quickly recharge.”

Leigh Stringer

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