British EV drivers now have 13 more places to stop for a lovely cup of tea and a DC fast charge. Nissan and Ecotricity have announced the deployment of 13 new rapid chargers at Welcome Break service stations at motorway sites across the country.
There are now 16 fast chargers available at Welcome Break service stations, and a total of 97 fast chargers in the UK.
“Nissan is working hard to ensure that 100% 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,” said Jim Wright, managing director of Nissan GB. “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.”
“The main barrier in people’s mind to the take-up of electric cars is their travel range and charging times,” added Ecotricity founder Dale Vince. “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.”
The new chargers are part of Nissan’s long-term plan to install more than 150 rapid chargers across the UK by April 2014.