New electric highway launched for car leasing customers

JonathanJuly 27, 2011

Car leasing customers can now take advantage of the first nationwide electric vehicle charging network, located at motorway services across the UK.

Unveiled by Ecotricity, the first of these so-called top-up zones will be installed at the South Mimms Welcome Break service station at the junction of the M1 and M25 this month, with the first phase to be implemented in 12 other stop points by September.

Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity – an electricity company dedicated to changing the way power is made, with money taken from customers and invested in clean forms, such as wind energy – noted that this move spells the end for the combustion engine of old.

“With world oil prices going through the roof, you’ll now be able to get around Britain using only the power of the wind,” he remarked, adding that it costs a penny a mile in an electric car, compared with petrol motors’ ten pence a mile.

Mr Vince went on to say that statistics have indicated it is not in urban areas where electric models need recharging but on long journeys between metropolises – meaning motorways.

Those looking to charge their cars – which takes 20 minutes using rapid recharge points or two hours to fully charge the engine – will find the top-up zone posts situated outside the main entrance of the South Mimms service, with two sockets accessed by using a free swipecard. Ecotricity has said that within the next year-and-a-half, all 27 Welcome Break services will be equipped with charging points.

In addition to this network, Ecotricity has installed a point at its windmill near the M4 motorway in Reading – the first top-up zone to be powered in this way. It also launched the Nemesis back in November 2010, a sports car powered by wind that can go from zero to 100mph in 8.5 seconds and boasts a top speed of 170mph.

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