Nissan and Ecotricity expand UK charging network for electric cars

September 15th, 2013 by Nissan Motor Company

New rapid charger at South Mimms Welcome Break service station (click image to expand - image courtesy of Nissan)

A new rapid charger at South Mimms Welcome Break service station charges a Nissan LEAF (click image to expand – image courtesy of Nissan)

Electric vehicles are perfect for Guernsey because of the limited driving range required each day.

Electric vehicles produce no emissions at the tailpipe and they make less noise than most fossil-fuelled powered vehicles so they do less harm to Guernsey’s quality of life.

The electric Nissan LEAF has been available at Freelance Motors on Braye Road in St Sampson. For those days when you need to use a car, the Nissan LEAF is a joy to drive.

A one-car Guernsey family considering buying an electric car such as a Nissan LEAF might be reluctant if the family wishes to take their car to the UK where longer distances are likely to be travelled.

However, this becomes less of an issue as more public electric car charge points are installed around the UK.

Thirteen more rapid chargers were installed this summer at Welcome Break service stations serving the UK’s motorway system.

This is the latest phase of work completed by Nissan and Ecotricity to expand the rapid charging network on the UK’s motorways.

Taking into account the existing infrastructure installed under the partnership in early 2013, there are now 16 rapid chargers available at Welcome Break service stations on the motorway, with plans to install at the majority of Welcome Break sites by April 2014.

The new additions mean the total number of rapid chargers in the UK is now 97.

The chargers form the UK’s first publicly accessible rapid charging network on the motorway and are capable of ‘refuelling’ an all-electric Nissan LEAF from 0 to 80% battery capacity in just 30 minutes.

EV users can now explore opportunities to take longer journeys using the UK’s motorway system, safe in the knowledge that there are Welcome Break service stations up and down the country equipped with rapid charging technology,

Jim Wright, managing director of Nissan GB, said “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.”

“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,” he said.

Dale Vince, Ecotricity founder, said “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,” he said.

Nissan is leading the way in developing electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and the new rapid charging network at Welcome Break service stations is part of a long-term plan to install more than 150 rapid chargers across the UK by April 2014.

Since 2011, 97 rapid chargers have been installed across the UK with Nissan as the driving force.

In July, Nissan launched the next generation LEAF with increased driving range and quicker charging times than the earlier model.

Nissan offers the model in three distinctive trim levels as well as a variety of flexible finance packages such as a battery leasing option.


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