electric car charging point is unveiled near Burnham-On-Sea
first electric vehicle charging point on the M5 motorway through
Somerset has been unveiled at Sedgemoor Services near Burnham-On-Sea
The system is part of a national motorway charging network for
electric vehicles, launched by 'green' energy firm Ecotricity.
The firm has installed free power points at seven service stations
across the UK, including on the northbound side of Sedgemoor Services.
Ecotricity founder Dale Vince said they were "creating the
infrastructure" despite there being only about 2,000 electric
cars on the road in the UK.
He said: "It's often said that one of the reasons more people
don't buy electric cars is because of a lack of charging facilities."
"But the reason more charging facilities aren't built is
because not enough people are buying electric cars. We're hoping
to break that impasse."
The power outlets offer a 13A current supply and a higher 32A
supply which can fully recharge an electric car in two to 12 hours.
Each charging point has two sockets that can be accessed by registering
for a free swipe-card. Within 18 months, all 27 Welcome Break
motorway services across Britain will have the charging points.
Electric car owners who want to register for a free swipe card
should visit Ecotricitys website here.