In a game-changing moment in making electric cars a practical choice for motorists, Nissan has opened its first fast-charge points at strategic locations on Ecotricity’s ‘Electric Highway’ motorway charging network.It means electric cars will be able to re-charge between London and Birmingham from empty to 80% 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 the call of nature while their EV ‘refuels’.
Jim Wright, Managing Director of Nissan Motor (GB) said: “Many drivers would love to experience the convenience and cost saving benefits of a 100% electric vehicle such as the Nissan LEAF. But some still worry about the occasional journey which may be beyond the 109 mile range. By introducing fast charging infrastructure at strategic motorway service stations, Nissan and Ecotricity are removing that worry and making EVs practical to a whole new selection of buyers.”
The 50KW DC fast-charge points on Ecotricity’s “Electric Highway” will allow cars to recharge in approximately 30 minutes – depending on the make of car and how full the battery is on arrival.