Hot on the heels of the launch of the Plugsurfing website comes news that Ecotricity has opened a new network of electric car charging points along the motorway route between Birmingham, Bristol and London.
This means that it will now be possible to drive between Birmingham, London and Bristol in an electric car, topping up your batteries’ charge when necessary. The new charging sites are part of Ecotricity’s Electric Highway project, which aims to enable drivers to drive from London to Edinburgh in an electric car by the end of 2011.
The new charging points have opened at the following Welcome Break motorway service areas:
- Hopwood Park services (M42 at junction 2)
- Membury services (M4 between London and Bristol – between J14 and J15)
- South Mimms services (M25 and M1 junction)
- Michaelwood services (M5 between Bristol and Birmingham)
- Oxford services (M40 between London and Birmingham – junction 8a at Oxford)
- Green Park windmill (M4 near Reading)
Fast charging points with 32A connections will be available to provide 20 minute topup and 2 hour full charge options, as will standard 13A sockets (like domestic electric sockets) that will enable drivers staying overnight to charge their cars.
Ecotricity hopes that by providing charging points along these important motorway routes, drivers will be encouraged to believe that electric car travel over longer distances is viable and worth considering.
In time, initiatives such as this will hopefully help encourage wider use of electric cars and overcome drivers’ range anxiety; the fear of running out of power without being able to charge your batteries.