Nissan and Ecotricity to expand motorway charging network

JonathanAugust 6, 2013

Nissan has prided itself on being a company that revels in innovation and promoting eco-friendly driving habits. That is why UK Carline has a number of models from the firm on very reasonable car leasing contracts.

Now the car and van manufacturer has teamed up with Ecotricity in order to increase the number of rapid chargers for electric vehicles. It is hoped that by installing 13 more of these devices at Welcome Break service stations around the country it will further encourage fleets to embrace the eco-friendly technology.

These latest installations are just the most recent phase of work undertaken by Nissan and Ecotricity to significantly expand the number of fast charge points, which are available to electric drivers on the UK’s motorways.

Together, the partnership has now installed 16 of these rapid chargers at Welcome Break service stations. However, the pair have no intentions of stalling their plans as they have intentions to install this form of charging device at the majority of Welcome Break stations across the country by April 2014, bringing the total number of charge points to more than 150.

With the contribution from Nissan and Ecotricity, there are now 97 rapid chargers available throughout the UK. They form Britain’s first publicly accessible rapid charging network on the motorway, capable of recharging all-electric vehicles, like the Nissan Leaf, to 80 per cent capacity within 30 minutes.

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.”

The fact that these rapid charge points will be available in the vast majority of Welcome Break service stations should further encourage companies to embrace the technology within their own fleets in the future. Businesses can be assured that eco-friendly vehicles are being innovated and improved almost constantly, and with the partnership’s promise to significantly add more points within the next six months, they can be confident that it is a technology that is a viable option for potentially reducing the costs of running a full fleet.

It is also encouraging for teams of commercial drivers that these rapid charge points will be installed in Welcome Break stations which have 35 locations across the UK. This should give managers the assurance that long journeys can be conducted with electric vehicles on Britain’s vast motorway network.

Jim Wright, managing director of Nissan GB, said: “Nissan is working hard to ensure that 100 per cent electric driving becomes accessible for all UK motorists and the installation of a rapid charging network on the motorway opens up EV ownership to thousands more motorists.

“The UK’s charging landscape is improving daily, and we are very proud to be the main power source driving the development of infrastructure that will ultimately provide further flexibility and peace of mind to our Leaf drivers.”

Nissan has prided itself on being an innovative force when it comes to driving forward the development and use of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.


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