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The charging network on our motorways is almost complete

The charging network on our motorways is almost complete

Electric cars, hybrids and other alternatively-fuelled vehicles (AFVs) are increasing their market share against traditional petrol and diesel models, new industry figures reveal. According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), 37,842 AFVs have been sold during 2014, a more than 50% increase on the same point a year earlier, while overall market share has also grown from 1.4% in 2013 to 1.9% in 2014. Over 10,000 plug in vehicles were registered on the road by the end of 2014.

The green energy company Ecotricity has partnered with Nissan to help small businesses who wish to reduce their motoring costs. By installing something called the Electric Highway, Ecotricity and Nissan have installed nearly 200 rapid charging points in the majority of motorway service stations in the past year for plug-in vehicles.

This represents almost 100% coverage of the motorway network. A rapid charge point can deliver an 80% charge in 30 minutes, and at a time when petrol prices are increasing, the charging won’t just be convenient – it will be free too! Electric car owners can register for a free swipe card simply by visiting Ecotricity’s website. Ecotricity has no plans to charge motorists to use its network for the foreseeable future.

It means electric cars will be able to recharge between London and Birmingham from empty to 80 per cent full in approximately half an hour. Unlike fuelling a conventional car, EVs can be left unattended while charging. This means drivers can relax, grab some food or answer a call of nature at the service station while their EV ‘refuels’.